Unicorn. the beautiful magical creature.
tonight I decided to write about the symbolism of the magical creature as a twist..
The Unicorn, the rare example of a mythological creature, which is thought to be beneficial in most cultures, has been used as a symbol for many occasions from even dating back to the Greek mythology. The Unicorn was widely used throughout Europe for both pagan sources and religious sources during the renaissance period. The use of the unicorn symbol for religious purposes in art started spreading during the middle ages. The Unicorn often is thought to represent Christ due to the legend. In the ledged the unicorn flew down to the virgin’s side and placed it’s head upon the virgins thigh. But when others came and tried to capture the unicorn, the prideful creature would kill the capturer or die because of it’s own shame. Thus only a form pure as the virgin could attract the unicorn. The connection to the virgin often linked the Unicorn to being Christ himself. Leading to the Unicorn Iconography in religious paintings as the Incarnation, and the death of the unicorn as the Passion of Christ.
An article by the BBC news published a theory about the Mona Lisa being a pregnant woman or a woman whom just gave birth to a child. The theory comes from when the National Research council of Canada was provided with the rare opportunity to examine the painting. The researchers found a gauze dress under the top layer of painting, a gauze dress that was typical from the female to wear during childbirth or when the woman is pregnant. Raphael’s painting of the Young Woman with Unicorn, the unicorn being the symbol of Christ, Perhaps the portrait is referring the woman as the virgin. Since Da Vinci and Raphael knew each other while both were living and learning together in Florence around the same timw period.. Perhaps Da Vinci had secretly told Raphael the true meaning behind the painting.
Even though Unicorns as a symbol have been used many times since the Middle Ages, the unicorn as a symbol was a depicted as a full-grown unicorn. The unique aspect of the portrait of the Young Woman with the Unicorn is that the painting by Raphael uses a baby unicorn while other painters used fool grown Unicorns. A series of Tapestries known as “La dame à la licorne” are made out of a series of six. The tapestries were created 1495 to 1505 in the south of Netherlands. The story dedicated behind this particular Tapestries are unknown, but art historians are convinced to the theory on which the each tapestry are dedicated to the five senses and the last tapestry, “A mon seul désir” to love or understanding humans poses. The tapestry use vivid and vibrant color, decorated with carefully placed botanical essence. The artist whom designed the tapestry uses a full-grown unicorn with stunning composition. Compared to the tapestry, The portrait of the Young Woman with the Unicorn is depicted in a drastically different way. Perhaps because of the mythical creature’s size, the unicorns in traditional art settings are shown more or less the same size of a normal horse. To the contraire of the norm of painting, Raphael draws the unicorn the size of a small dog. One reason for the size was because some scholars assumed there are pendimiento’s under the part of the unicorn, which shows how Raphael may have in fact drawn a dog, which represents loyalty a perfect subject for a wedding.