Art of the Unicorn
++ THE ART OF THE UNICORN
The saintly hermit, midway through his prayers
stopped suddenly, and raised his eyes to witness
the unbelievable: for there before him stood
the legendary creature, startling white, that
had approached, soundlessly, pleading with his eyes.
The legs, so delicately shaped, balanced a
body wrought of finest ivory. And as
he moved, his coat shone like reflected moonlight.
High on his forehead rose the magic horn, the sign
of his uniqueness: a tower held upright
by his alert, yet gentle, timid gait.
The mouth of softest tints of rose and grey, when
opened slightly, revealed his gleaming teeth,
whiter than snow. The nostrils quivered faintly:
he sought to quench his thirst, to rest and find repose.
His eyes looked far beyond the saint’s enclosure,
reflecting vistas and events long vanished,
and closed the circle of this ancient mystic legend.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
The world is wading through a dark, violent, confusing time, and sometimes it feels like we have no recourse other than to slip into despair. I believe, though, with all my heart, that hope springs eternal. In keeping with that, we present BPAL’s first unicorn series as a symbolic representation of our kinder, brighter selves, the return to wild innocence, and of the possibility of true compassion winning the day.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
This series consists of three parts, the second of which will be set free next month. Black Phoenix Trading Post will be releasing their Unicorn series in August.
Live until Dec, 16.
Art of the Unicorn - Part I
A King Pursued by a UnicornOut of Stock
White oak, pine pitch, and a shattered shard of golden amber.
Abduction of Proserpine on a UnicornOut of Stock
White sandalwood, black currant, and pomegranate.
Allegory of ChastityOut of Stock
Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco
Blushing rosehips, pink rose petals, and vanilla cream with white jasmine and a drop of bergamot.
Bestiaire du Moyen ÂgeOut of Stock
Watery cerulean musk winding through crushed grass, apple blossom, wild mint, and pine needles.
CrucifixionOut of Stock
Frankincense, dried red roses, and myrrh with soft orris, labdanum, and red clove.
De Vos’ UnicornOut of Stock
Maerten de Vos
Sugared peony and rose-tinted vanilla with mallow, white musk, lavender buds, and a touch of apricot.
Mythological Scene, with a Warrior Addressing a Lady Outside a Classical Mansion, Two Maidens Riding Unicorns BehindOut of Stock
Florentine orris butter, red sandalwood, white patchouli, leather accord, and ambrette musk with a drifting eddy of King mandarin, wild bergamot, bourbon vanilla, and gold-limned saffron.
Of the UnicornOut of Stock
Illustration from “the History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents”, Edward Topsell
Patchouli absolute, white orris, agarwood, and ambrette seed.
Orpheus Charming AnimalsOut of Stock
Dark myrrh, teakwood, olive blossom, a scattering of crushed asphodel petals, and a drop of green cognac.
St. ClareOut of Stock
White sandalwood and tonka with sweet tobacco incense, vanilla-infused mahogany, rum absolute, and golden oudh.
The Unicorn, Rushing Against the Tree, Fixed its Horn so Fast in the Trunk that it Could Not Draw it OutOut of Stock
Ethereal white orris, pale early lilacs, mallow flower, Queen of the Night, white moss, and dusk-lit mist.
Unicorn HuntOut of Stock
Sweet red amber and red currant swirled with bourbon vetiver, cassis, mimosa blossom, and red wine grape.
Art of the Unicorn - Part II
Boticelli’s UnicornOut of Stock
White leather, opal musk, and amber-limned rose.
The CreationOut of Stock
From Paulus Orosius’s Histoire Ancienne
Gilded amber saffron, indigo chypre, pearled gardenia, blackcurrant, ylang ylang, frankincense, fir needle, and white patchouli.
The Silence of the WoodsOut of Stock
Red soil and scattered pine needles, acorn husks and pine cones, burgundy pitch and oak leaves, drooping black cedar branches, woodmoss, and a cluster of pale, poisonous berries.
The Union of Adam and EveOut of Stock
Dew-touched grass and tulsi, gleaming with muguet des bois, fir balsam, ti leaf, and violet leaf.
The Virgin and the UnicornOut of Stock
Domenico Zampieri, probably?
The palest of green mosses, mist rose, white pear, white incense, white sandalwood, and a hint of vanilla.
Unicorn and RamOut of Stock
Wooly musk, soft leather, cashmere, cardamom, and leather oudh.
Wild Woman with UnicornOut of Stock
Patchouli and wildflowers.