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Figure 10 The Hunt of the Unicorn

My next example is not based on any specific texts but instead on a fictional work of art and is therefore notional (a notional ekphrasis being a description of a fictional work of art). The Metropolitan Museum’s Hunt of the Unicorn, now hanging in New York at the Cloisters, presents us with special problem because, unlike the previous tapestries, they are not all from the same set. However they are exhibited as one set and read something like this: the hunt begins, the Unicorn is sighted at a fountain, the Unicorn tries to flee, the Unicorn fights back, a virgin is brought in to subdue the Unicorn after which he is killed and brought to the Lord and Lady of a castle. In the final panel he is resurrected.

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