The Hunt of the Unicorn - 1974 From the Vaults
Met Cloisters closed for six months due to COVID-19, but reopened to
the public on September 12, 2020. For those who can’t make it to New
York, this short film provides an opportunity to take a closer look at
the Museum’s seven beloved "Unicorn Tapestries." Produced for the 1974
exhibition “Masterpieces of Tapestry,” it recounts the tale depicted in
the works and explains the symbolic meaning of these mythic creatures,
including their purifying and restorative powers.
The Hunt of the Unicorn- 1974 From the Vaults
As part of The Met’s 150th anniversary in 2020, each month we will
release three to four films from the Museum’s extensive moving-image
archive, which comprises over 1,500 films, both made and collected by
the Museum, from the 1920s onward. This includes rarely seen artist
profiles and documentaries, as well as process films about art-making
techniques and behind-the-scenes footage of the Museum.