U IS FOR UNICORN, THE LADY AND THE UNICORN, THE A TO Z’S OF ART

THE LADY AND THE UNICORN is the modern title of six tapestries from Flanders, woven in wool and silk in the late 15th Century. They are on display at the Musee’ du  Moyen-Age in Paris (I was lucky enough to see them!)

It is generally agreed five of the tapestries depict one of the five senses – touch, taste, hearing, hearing and sight. The sixth tapestry displays the words “A mon seul desir”- and interpreted to depict love and understanding. Each tapestry shows a noble woman with a unicorn on her left and a lion on her right, and some include a monkey in the scene.

These six tapestries are generally considered one of the greatest works of art in the Middle Ages.

Now, I want to reread The Lady and the Unicorn  by Tracy Chevalier!

 

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