The Lady and the Unicorn
by Gottfried Buttner
What is the symbolism and real significance of the beautiful but enigmatic tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries at the Paris Cluny Museum? Gottfried Buttner argues that the tapestries should be seen as different stages of the development of the human soul. He takes full account of the historical and cultural context of the time: a time of change from the Medieval to the Renaissance ways of looking at the world.
Much art was then concerned with the symbolic representation of the spiritual and earthly worlds, during the period the when human consciousness was turning away from the mystical medieval outlook towards a new ego-consciousness. The author provides fascinating insights into the background of theses changes, as well as an analysis of the structure of European society and the influences of Classical and Christian thought on everyday life.
This beautiful hardback book, with a colour cover, includes a sixteen colour page section of the tapestries, along with a description and discussion of their meaning.
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
Dimensions: 21 x 29.7 x 2cm
Weight: 699 grammes