The crown, initial F, and salamander engulfed in flames are emblematic of François I, who reigned from 1515 to Considered impervious to fire, the salamander symbolized the king’s constancy and integrity as a ruler
The Unicorn is Found (from The Unicorn Tapestries) The Metropolitan Museum of Art “In this tapestry the unicorn kneels before a tall white fountain that has a pair of pheasants and a pair of goldfinches perched on its edge.
Godfroy de Bouillon Enameler: Colin Nouailher (French, active d. after Artist: Based on a woodcut by Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen (Netherlandish, ca. 1541 Culture: French, Limoges Medium: Painted and partly gilded enamel on copper
A sixteenth-century enamel panel made in Limoges, France, depicting the Crucifixion; at the base of the cross is a skull, symbol of Adam's original sin and also denoting Golgotha, the place of the skull. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Three of the four plaques by Nouailher in this case are from a series depicting the Nine Heroes—a grouping of valiant figures popularized by Jacques de Longuyon’s early fourteenth-century romance Les Voeux du Paon (The Vows of the Peacock)
The Timid Bride Date: ca. 1800 Culture: India (Punjab Hills, Kangra) Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gilt on paper Dimensions: 7 x 5 in. x cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1958 Accession Number: