Tricky Marietta trapping her unicorn-lover Marietta (readable on the cloak) is the name of the young lady, the unicorn being her lover. Tricky Marietta has a neckband in her right hand, which she will put around the neck of the unicorn in her lap. The neckband is chained to the tree behind Marietta. The message is quite obvious. London BM; Engraving from Florence about 1465-80
The virgin and the unicorn Author: unknown Year: 1465 Description: This woodcut is from the second half of the 15th c. The legend explains that a unicorn can only be attracted by the purity of a virgin, on which he will lay his head in her lap and fall asleep. As europe emerged from the Dark Ages, the unicorn was understood to be the monoceros, written about by Pliny and others. Since no other images were evident, many considered a single horned rhinoceros to be a unicorn.
Bacchus and his followers drinking. From Christine de Pizan, 'L'Épître Othéa' in BL Harley MS 4431 fol. 106r: "The Book of the Queen" (various works), c. 1410-c. 1414 (France - Paris), made for Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen of France. Probably presented to her as a New Year's gift, Jan 1414. Later owned by John, Duke of Bedford; his wife, Jacquetta of Luxembourg; her son by her 2nd husband, Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers; Louis de Gruthuyse; Henry Cavendish, 2nd duke of Newcastle.