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Inspired by the various unicorn / maiden folklores, as well as a bit by the actual Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries, which I saw many years ago at the Cloisters in New York, as well as the Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries, this latest piece measures 20 × 26 inches, and is created with mixed media on Fabriano pastel paper. Mixed media includes oil pastels, colored pencils, acrylic, gouache and sharpie.

In folklore, it is said that only a maiden / virgin can capture a unicorn, because she is pure / innocent of spirit and body.

There are two other symbolisms that are read into the unicorn myths. Some believe the unicorn represents Christ, while the maiden is the Virgin Mary. In more pagan mythologies, the unicorn, with his horn, is a potent phallic symbol, and the maiden representing the female principle. Together they are a very potent fertility symbol.

To emphasize this, many tapestries show the virgin holding the unicorn’s horn, or the unicorn laying his head upon the virgin’s lap. The dog usually represents loyalty.

An interesting article on the symbolism of the unicorn and the maiden can be read here

Original artwork is for sale. Please email redeye@designbyredeye.com with inquiries or visit www.lynnetteshelley.com to view more of my artwork and artwork sales.

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virgin, unicorn, maiden, fantasy art, medieval, lynnette shelley, fertility, pagan, christian, woman, symbolism, dog, phallic, horn, hound, horse, myth, mythology, greyhound, whippet, animal

Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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Comments

  • Bart Castle
    Bart Castlealmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful, love that big gold sun and the the spots on the dog

  • Tammera
    Tammeraalmost 3 years ago

    OH MY THIS IS LOVELY!!
    A FAVE FOR ME!!

  • Tammera
    Tammeraalmost 3 years ago

    PLEAS CONSIDER ADDING THIS TO EXQUISITION:
    http://www.redbubble.com/groups/exquisition

  • KatDoodling
    KatDoodlingalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful – an instant favourite

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasalmost 3 years ago

    In all your works the details and colors are wonderful, Lynette! Great subject too!

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    WONDERFUL WORK ,GREAT COLOURS OF PASSION AND HOPE SO FRESH AN DELIGHTFULL !lIZ

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghalmost 3 years ago

    What a great composition!!!! Lots of colors and detail and perhaps a story!!!! Absolutely brilliant and my new favorite!!!! Congrats!!!!!Rock on!!!! Go Lynnette!!!

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsalmost 3 years ago

    It’s beautiful! Stunning work!

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtalmost 3 years ago

    Just beautiful!!!

  • vickimec
    vickimecalmost 3 years ago

    Just so stunningly beautiful Lynnette !

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