Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World

PSYCHITECTURE Focus:  Mythology and Meaning

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Los Angeles-  The Dream of Hollywood is like finding a unicorn and alas we have landed the fabled unicorn here at the Getty Center.  I’m sure I’m not alone in my obsession and fantasy of finding a unicorn in childhood, waiting patiently in the forest with carrots in hand to no avail.   In mythology, whether or not is fact or fiction doesn’t matter in terms of the symbolic and psychological wisdom and the deeper meaning of the story holds.  The exploration of the myth of the unicorn is the same in the Getty Center’s current exhibition Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World.  Ascending the stairs of the Getty is like going to Mount Olympus up in the clouds and as you further ascend to this exhibition you will find hidden treasures of the Unicorns horn, the alicorn, and many iterations of its iconic image in sculpture and text.  Here are some sneak peaks of the legendary unicorn which holds the purification power to eliminate poison.


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Images courtesy of The Getty Center

Rachel Melvald