Tapastries

The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestry Series

The Lady and the Unicorn, La Dame à la licorne in French is the name given to a series of six tapestries made in Paris around 1500 they are considered to be one of the greatest works of art from the medieval period.  The tapestries were created in a style known as mille-fluers meaning thousand flowers, a common art style of the Middle Ages where the background of tapestries and other art was decorated with small flowers or plants.  This style was most popular in the 15th and 16th centuries in French and Flemish tapestries. The first five tapestries depict one of the five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing; finally, the last tapestry has been commonly named Desire. There are common elements to all the tapestries: a noble lady, a lion and a unicorn; however, some of the tapestries also contain a monkey.  The tapestries have been on display at Le Musée du Moyan Âge in Paris since 1882.

 

Touch. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of Bluevert.net.

Sight. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.

Smell. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.

Taste. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.

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Hearing. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of M. O’Neil.

 

For a more in depth analysis of this series read  The “Mona Lisa” of Medieval Art

La Vie Seigneuriale Series

La Vie Seigneuriale, meaning manor life, is a series of five tapestries in the mille-fleurs style depicting an idealized version of life for the nobles in the countryside.  It was created circa 1500 in the Payes-Bas (what is now Belgium and the Netherlands).

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La Bain or Bathing Scene. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of M. O’Neil.

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Scènes galantes or the Falcon Hunt. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of M. O’Neil.

La Broderie or Embroidery. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Cohen.

La Promenade or A Walk Outdoors. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Cohen.

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La Lecture or Reading. Musée du Moyan Âge, Paris. Photo courtesy of M. O’Neil.

 

 

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The Counting House. Photo courtesy of M. O’Neil.

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