Unicorn in Captivity (1495–1505)

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It’s theorized that the piece was made for a wedding, with the unicorn chained to the pomegranate tree representing the husband who has finally been tamed by a virgin (the only person who can tame a unicorn). The pomegranate juice on the unicorn’s body and its seeds represent fertility. The AE insignia in the middle and the four corners have been theorized to be attributed to [Anne of Britanny](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_Brittany).

If seeing this in person, I highly recommend the audio tour. The [whole series](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunt_of_the_Unicorn) pays homage to the mythical unicorn, and the hunt can be interpreted as the story of Jesus Christ. It’s about a group of aristocrats who go on a hunt for a unicorn, find it, stab it to death, and brought a virgin in to tame it. Then the unicorn miraculously reincarnates and is just chilling in this circular fence which you see in this tapestry. Fun fact: the tapestries were largely lost during the French Revolution and one of the members of the La Rochefoucauld family who owned the tapestries found a farmer using it to cover potatoes. Fun fact: over a hundred plant species in the tapestry series, only 85% have been identified.

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