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Veggtekstil

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Veggtekstil

Hines of Oxford. ''The Lady and the Unicorn - Touch''. Vevet ull. 1900-tallets andre del.

Reproduksjon av en av de seks veggtekstilene som i moderne språkdrakt tituleres 'The Lady and the Unicorn' (La Dame à la licorne) opprinnelig vevet i Flandern etter tegninger fra Paris ca. år 1500. Dette er den som heter 'Touch'. Originalene er i dag utstilt i Cluny-muséet i Paris og er anerkjent som et av de største og anerkjente verkene vi har etter europeisk middelalder.

Måler ca. 132x137 cm. Innsydd list oppe til oppheng.




THE LADY AND THE UNICORN
The Lady and the Unicorn (French: La Dame à la licorne) is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries created in the style of mille-fleurs (meaning: "thousand flowers") and woven in Flanders from wool and silk, from designs ("cartoons") drawn in Paris around 1500. The set, on display in the Musée de Cluny in Paris, is often considered one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages in Europe.

The tapestries were rediscovered in 1841 by Prosper Mérimée in Boussac castle (owned at the time by the subprefect of the Creuse) where they had been suffering damage from their storage conditions. In 1844 the novelist George Sand saw them and brought public attention to the tapestries in her works at the time (most notably in her novel Jeanne), in which she correctly dated them to the end of the fifteenth century, using the ladies' costumes for reference. Nevertheless, the tapestries continued to be threatened by damp and mold until 1863, when they were bought by Edmond du Sommerard curator of the Musée de Cluny in Paris where careful conservation has restored them nearly to their former glory and where it is still on display.

The subject of the tapestries are complex, and scholars "now (generally) agree that they present a meditation on earthly pleasures and courtly culture, offered through an allegory of the senses."

The pennants, as well as the armor of the Unicorn and Lion in the tapestry appears to bear the arms of Jean IV Le Viste, a powerful nobleman in the court of King Charles VII and presumably its sponsor. The arms however appear to break the rules of French heraldry with an incorrect superposition of colors. A very recent study of the heraldry appears to lend credence to another hypothesis - previously dismissed - that the real sponsor of the tapestry is Antoine II Le Viste (1470–1534), a descendant of the younger branch of the Le Viste family and an important figure at the court of King Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I.

Touch
The lady stands with one hand touching the unicorn's horn, and the other holding up the pennant. The lion sits to the side and looks on.

Taste
The lady is taking sweets from a dish held by a maidservant. Her eyes are on a parakeet on her upheld left hand. The lion and the unicorn are both standing on their hind legs reaching up to pennants that frame the lady on either side. The monkey is at her feet, eating one of the sweetmeats.

Smell
The lady stands, making a wreath of flowers. Her maidservant holds a basket of flowers within her easy reach. Again, the lion and unicorn frame the lady while holding on to the pennants. The monkey has stolen a flower which he is smelling, providing the key to the allegory.

Hearing
The lady plays a portative organ on top of a table covered with an Oriental rug. Her maidservant stands to the opposite side and operates the bellows. The lion and unicorn once again frame the scene holding up the pennants. Just as on all the other tapestries, the unicorn is to the lady's left and the lion to her right - a common denominator to all the tapestries.

Sight
The lady is seated, holding a mirror up in her right hand. The unicorn kneels on the ground, with his front legs in the lady's lap, from which he gazes at his reflection in the mirror. The lion on the left holds up a pennant.

À Mon Seul Désir
The sixth tapestry is wider than the others, and has a somewhat different style. The lady stands in front of a tent, across the top of which is inscribed her motto "À Mon Seul Désir", one of the deliberately obscure, highly crafted and elegant mottos, often alluding to courtly love, adopted by the nobility during the age of chivalry.

Kilde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_and_the_Unicorn

Merknad: Aldersrelatert slitasje og bruksspor. Mindre flekker. Blått bomullsstoff på baksiden, denne noe solbleket.


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