January 27, 2016

Painting With The Girls 27

January 27, 2016.

Day 27, (339 days to go).

Turquoise Octopuss

Postcard watercolor, 5X7 Matted

 

The Lady and The Unicorn

Perhaps the most famous tapestries are the six Lady and the Unicorn tapestries created for Jean Le Viste in the late 15th century. The tapestries now hang in the Musée de Cluny, in Paris.

Five of The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries represent the senses, touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell. The sixth tapestry seems to be about love. In all scenes of each tapestry one could say that she is either renouncing each of these temptations or that she is acknowledging each of her weaknesses. For example, on the tapestry of sight, she seems to be placing a necklace in a jewelry case, which her attendant holds. One could think she is either acknowledging her temptation or renouncing it by putting the necklace away. Each one of the tapestries has a sense being represented that way. It is not very clear, but it takes the viewer to ask many questions about this fabulous work of art.

 

Lady and the  Unicorn tapestries series Musée de Cluny, Paris.