The Lady and the Unicorn

A legendary work of art has arrived in Sydney to give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it in person.

For the third time in 500 years, the iconic Lady and the Unicorn tapestry series has left France, and has headed here to Sydney where it is showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 24 June.

 

Famous for its depiction of innocence and decadence, the tapestry (which is officially known as Sight, Hearing, Taste, Touch, Smell, and My Soul Desire) was designed in Paris back in 1500, and are considered to be some of the greatest surviving masterpieces of medieval European art.

 

Part of the work’s allure lies in its provenance and conceptualization – what does it mean, what do they symbolize, what stories do they tell?

 

Aside from its value as an item of antiquity is the tapestry’s example of a stunning artform that no longer holds centre place in modern technology.

 

Often referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’, The Lady and the Unicorn is making its exclusive appearance at the Art Gallery of NSW thanks to a generous and exceptional loan from the collection of the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.

 

The Lady and the Unicorn is now showing at the Art Gallery of the New South Wales until June 24.

 

For more information, including ticketing costs, head to the official AGNSW website.

 

artgallery.nsw.gov.au

 

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