of the Passion
Jesus answered : You say that I am a king. For
this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the
truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.
Hans Memling - Scenes from the Passion of Christ - 1470-71 - Galleria Sabauda, Turin
In the order they appear, we must find in Hunting the Unicorn:
2 - the thirty pieces of silver given to Judas for the price of treason (Matthew 26.14-15)
3 - the lanterns of the guards, the torches (John 18.3)
4 - the knife or the sword of Peter
5 - the cut off ear (John 18.10-11)
6 - the naked boy (Mark 14.46-52)
7 - the cock reminds to Peter that the hour of his denial (Matthew 26.33-35)
8 - the rope with which Judas hanged himself (Matthew 03.27 -8)
9 - the seamless tunic and the red dress (Matthew 27:27 -28)
10 - the crown of thorns
11 - the palms - the reed (the scepter) placed in the hands of Jesus
12 - the injuries (Matthew 27:29 -31) (Luke 22.63-65)
13 - the indecent gestures (Mark 14.65)
14 - Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea, "washes his hands" (Matthew 27.23-26)
15 - the pillar of flagellation
16 - the whips of the flagellation (John 19.1)
- the hand of the man who slapped Jesus (John 18.22-23)
18- the pulled hair of Jesus?
19 - the falls of Jesus
20 - Veronica's veil
21 - the Mount of the Calvary, Golgotha, the skull of Adam
22 - the three crosses : the two thieves and Jesus
23 - the placard of the sentence with the inscription "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" (John 19.17-20)
24 - the axes, the nails, the pincers, the hammer (John 19, 17)
25 - the cup of bitter drink (bile or myrrh) (Matthew 27:34) (Mark 15.23)
26 - the sponge soaked in vinegar, attached to a branch of hyssop (John 19:28 -30)
27 - the moon and the sun of the eclipse at the time of death (Luke 23.44-45)
28 - the left hand of the man who recognizes the divinity of Jesus (Mark 15:39) (Luke 23.47 -48)
29 - the group of women apart (John 19:25)
30 - John of the Cross (John 19:26 -27)
31 - the dice to choose the clothes (John 19.23-24)
32 - the pierced heart by the centurion's lance (John 19:31 -34)
33 - the scale of the Deposition (Mark 15.46)
34 - the Resurrection (Matthew 28.5-7)
The sponge soaked in vinegar is not in chronological order of the instruments of the Passion !
Tapestry 4 : (in the upper left corner) a beech tree (in French : a "beech" and a "person") shot means the imminent death of a king.
The two horn blowers left and right of the tapestry are reflected in the painting below :
of the Strauss Madonna - 1380
in the same museum Florentine
In the missing part, imagine a second fallen unicorn, lying on its side : Jesus falls in his ascent to Calvary.
Reconstitution of the tapestry by Helmut NICKEL
"The lost tapestries of the Scottish king James V"
Reconstitution of the tapestry in Stirling Castle.
On the left, the character carrying the cross is both Simon of Cyrene and Saint Louis bringing the Cross, the spine and three nails.
His sword is blessed by the blood of the unicorn just above vertically
Louis Carrying the Crown of Thorns,
The hammer that we much searched, Howard and I, may be hidden in this tapestry, in the sophisticated design of the hilt of the sword carried by this hunter.
To see the page in French, click here
This tapestry lists 'the points of light' :
The creation of the Cosmos : FIAT LUX (the expression can be read from
right to left and from left to right on the elements of the enclosure)
The birth of Jesus (the enclosure is the creche, the unicorn seems to rise up)
the Second Advent of Christ on earth for the Last Judgement
A butterfly, two dragonflies, a frog : each animal is a symbol of new life that comes after death.
The unicorn, enclosed in a circular enclosure is not attached to the tree, even though the chain might suggest. In the mandorla outlined by the strands of the "lakes of love", the last opened chain link is easily noticeable, allowing the human being to exercise his "free will". The "smile" of the unicorn, full of optimism, may invite to dare such an assumption.
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ancient mythology, a god or a hero had to comply with several criteria :
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By examining the source of the light in the successive tapestries, especially in the foliage of trees, it should be noted that they include the apparent movement of the sun, because the sunny parts of the scenes go from the right (east : sunrise or its "birth" or its "resurrection") in the tapestry 1 to the left (west : sunset, or his "death") subtly into the tapestry 2, and to a greater extent from the tapestry 3 where hunting of the unicorn is woven, then its death in the tapestry 6. It is for the artist and its sponsors, the death of a god.
Tapestry 7 (as tapestry 1) is whole sunny to evoke the resurrection.
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