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The Hunt of the Unicorn: Tapestry Copies Made for Stirling Castle, Scotland

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dc.contributor.advisor Hickson, Sally Beingessner, Amy 2015-05-20T18:18:59Z 2015-05-20T18:18:59Z 2015-05 2015-05-11 2015-05-20
dc.description.abstract In 2014 the West Dean Tapestry Studio in England completed a commission for Historic Scotland, an agency of the Scottish government, to reproduce the late fifteenth-century Hunt of the Unicorn tapestry series on permanent display at the Cloisters Museum in New York City. The purpose of Historic Scotland’s reproductions is to heighten the tourist’s experience of authenticity in the Renaissance apartments at Stirling Castle, Scotland. This thesis explores Historic Scotland’s decision to reproduce The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries for the renovation of Stirling Castle’s royal apartments, and how this representation of Scottish heritage and identity challenges traditional boundaries of authorship and authenticity. Applying the concept of the simulacrum, specifically through the writing of Jean Baudrillard and Gilles Deleuze, the Unicorn tapestries are analyzed based on the contexts and authorities that inform perceptions of their status as either copies or originals, revealing authenticity to be a perceived construction. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject unicorn en_US
dc.subject hunt of the unicorn en_US
dc.subject tapestry en_US
dc.subject weaving en_US
dc.subject The Cloisters en_US
dc.subject Stirling Castle en_US
dc.subject living history en_US
dc.subject Scottish heritage en_US
dc.subject Historic Scotland en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.subject reproduction en_US
dc.subject copy en_US
dc.subject simulacrum en_US
dc.subject simulacra en_US
dc.subject original en_US
dc.subject authentic en_US
dc.subject authenticity en_US
dc.title The Hunt of the Unicorn: Tapestry Copies Made for Stirling Castle, Scotland en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Art History and Visual Culture en_US Master of Arts en_US School of Fine Art and Music en_US
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