Inspired by the Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries 〰
Designed in Paris about 1500, the tapestries are considered to be some of the greatest surviving masterpieces of medieval European art.
They depict a lady flanked by a lion and a unicorn, surrounded by an enchanting world of animals, trees and flowers 〰
One of the most intriguing aspects of these six large-scale artworks is the mystery of their origin and meaning.
For whom were these masterpieces made?
What do they symbolise?
What stories do they tell? 〰
Often interpreted as a vivid meditation on earthly pleasures and courtly love, the tapestries showcase the sublime skill of medieval artisans.
They can also be viewed as an allegory of the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell – as well as a sixth sense – heart or will – represented by the phrase ‘mon seul désir’ or ‘my sole desire’ 〰
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