The Lady and the Unicorn is the title of a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders of wool and silk, from designs drawn in Paris in the late fifteenth century. The suite is often considered one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages.
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|Auteur(s)||Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, Béatrice de Chancel-Bardelot|
|Nb. de pages||113|
|Dimensions||270 x 210|
|Musée||Musée de Cluny, Paris|
The tapestries are commonly interpreted as depicting the six senses: Taste, Hearing, Sight, Smell, Touch, and "À mon seul désir" (meaning: "to my only desire"), often interpreted as love or understanding.
The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry is famous for its brilliantly simple yet enigmatic compositions and warm colours, its appealing female figures and animals taken from life and mythology, as well as its flower-strewn "millefleur" background.
Over the last centuries, much has been written and many theories advanced about this fascinating six-piece hanging, which has significantly enhanced our understanding of the work. This catalogue presents updated overview, and it aims, if not to solve all of its mysteries, at leats to provide some answers to the questions posed by the reader and viewer.
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