The Lady & The Unicorn - an Enlightened Medieval tapestry

December 20, 2010

Time for a bit more from UK comedian Ben Miller and Enlightenment. In this sketch, unlucky art historian Dennis Lincoln-Park introduces us to an exquisite Medieval tapestry. Fans of Medieval art will recognise the prop used as a reproduction of one of the six panels of The Lady and The Unicorn - one of the most iconic works of late Medieval France. This series of six tapestries is now on display at the Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.

These astounding works are believed to be a representation of the senses, with a sixth panel representing Desire. The piece featured in the clip refers to the sensation of Taste. Perhaps the most recognisable of the six panels is the one known as À mon seul désir(To my only desire).These works date to the 15th Century and feature the emblem of their patron Jean Le Viste, a prominent member of the Court of King Charles VII of France

The wondrous Desire panel is perhaps the most well known of the series

Those interested in Historical Fiction, and who enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring may be interested to know that author Tracy Chevalier has written a book exploring the story behind these amazing works. Chevalier's The Lady and The Unicorn(2003) comes in a variety of formats, including Kindle and audio editions - it's definitely on my reading list for 2011.

To see how Dennis Lincoln-Park fares with this exquisite French masterpiece, click below!


Heidenkind said...

There's a reproduction of this hanging in my uni's library.

Unknown said...

That would be a lovely thing to have a reproduction of! We had some nice reproductions of Leonardo's anatomical sketches at my old university - I mustn't have been the only one that contemplated walking off with them - the frames they were in were bolted down!


The Clever Pup said...

The Cluny caught my attention in 1992. We were to busy to go in 03 and this past October I forgot that it was closed on Tuesdays. One day.

Unknown said...

Hi Clever Pup - welcome to 3PP!

It does look like a fabulous museum to keep in mind when visiting Paris - especially the Roman baths! For those interested, there is more info at their site


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