samedi 22 septembre 2012

vendredi 21 septembre 2012

Arnold Böcklin : Unicorn, 1885


The Lady and the Unicorn

Taste (via)
Smell (via)
Hearing (via)

Touch (via)

Sight (via)
A mon seul désir

The Lady and the Unicorn (French: La Dame à la licorne) is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders of wool and silk, from designs drawn in Paris in the late fifteenth century. The suite, on display in the Musée du Moyen-Age, is often considered one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages in Europe.
Five of the tapestries are commonly interpreted as depicting the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch.
The sixth displays the words "À mon seul désir". The tapestry's meaning is obscure, but has been interpreted as representing love or understanding.
Each of the six tapestries depicts a noble lady with the unicorn on her left and a lion on her right; some include a monkey in the scene.
The pennants, as well as the armor of the Unicorn and Lion in the tapestry bear the arms of the sponsor, Jean Le Viste, a powerful nobleman in the court of King Charles VII.

The tapestries are created in the style of mille-fleurs (meaning: "thousand flowers").
They were rediscovered in 1841 by Prosper Mérimée in Boussac castle (Creuse) where they had been suffering damage from their storage conditions.

The cycle is currently held in the Musée de Cluny (Musée du Moyen-Age), Paris (France), where it has resided since 1882.