Monday, November 16, 2009

You'll look positively virginal in this regal unicorn tapestry photo print maxi dress. Go get it here. It's a medium, though long enough for a tall lady. It looks to be in excellent condition, with a large collar and set in belt.

Wear it to the Cloisters to view unicorn tapestries, or sing madrigals. Wear it to strum a lute, embroidery endlessly, or make eyes at countertenors.

But wait. Hold your horses. This dress got more amazing the more I looked at it. This is a repeat print of The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries that are on display at the Musee de Cluny in Paris. You can see all of them here. I'd imagine all 6 of them are here, though I only see 4 of them clearly. These tapestries, so I just learned, are related to the senses. There's one entitled La Vue (Sight), shown here with the lady holding the mirror for the unicorn. There's one called L'OuÏe (Hearing), shown here with the Lady singing while another lady plays the organ. Le Gout (Taste) which I also see here, though not as clearly. And the final one, A mon seul desir (My Only Desire) which shows the lady divesting herself of her finery and become a nun. You can see the blue tent that is behind her in this tapestry clearly in the repeat print, since it is markedly different from the others in the series. I include it for you here so you can spot it in the print.

Having all 4 of these present, I can't imagine why the printmaker would bother to leave out L'Odorat (Smell), and my personal favorite, Le Toucher (Touch).



Blogger midafternoonsnack said...

Amazing! It makes me think of this book that I just recently finished: Chris Laver's Natural History of Unicorns. It's a fascinating study trying to track down the original sources for the unicorn.

9:56 AM  
Blogger samsara said...

Ah, Ms. Midafternoon!

I shall track that book down. A mythical bestiary can be nothing but fun!

2:48 PM  

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