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!