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The decoration of each of the tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn is set against a magnificent vermilion background. This famous series of wall hangings, commissioned by Jean Le Viste, member of a rich family from Lyons, is one of the tapestry masterpieces of the Museum.
These six tapestries illustrate the five senses through young, sumptuously dressed women. The scenes stand out against a background of a multitude of cut flowers, like the bouquets that were strewn on the ground in front of processions or noble residences.
Presented like a set of plant illustrations, these simple flowers that include the daisy, violet, carnation, periwinkle and mint evoke the domestic or courtly gardens of the end of the Middle Ages.
This item was crafted with a tapestry woven in the ancient Gobelins tradition. The trimmings are made of genuine leather.
Made in France
- Dimensions :
- 30 x 26 cm
- Original work kept at :
- Paris - Musée du Moyen Âge - Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny
- Themes :
- Animals, Arts and crafts
- Art movements :
- 15th century, Middle Age