The Lady and the Unicorn, the Tapestries, Art Gallery NSW

https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/artboards/theladyandtheunicorn/the-tapestries/

We went yesterday to the Art Gallery of NSW. We saw there this picture:

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In the Art Gallery Shop were a lot of different things for sale that promoted the theme of “The Lady and the Unicorn”. I was interested in finding our more about the tapestry.

Here: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/artboards/theladyandtheunicorn/

it says among other things:

“The six tapestries can be viewed as an allegory of the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell – plus a sixth ‘internal’ sense – heart, desire or will.

Made at the very moment of transition from the Medieval period to the Renaissance, they continue to reveal a poetic medieval world of the senses, the spirit, romance, chivalry and morality.”

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https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/artboards/theladyandtheunicorn/conserving-a-masterpiece/

In the above link it says the following about the rediscovery of the tapestry:

“The lady and the unicorn was rediscovered in the mid 1800s in very poor condition. The tapestries were described as laying ‘abandoned and rolled into a corner … where rats and dampness had started attacking the edges’.”

 

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