Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The Lady and the Unicorn

While I was in Sydney recently I made time to see the Lady and the Unicorn Tapestry exhibition. It was held at the beautiful Sydney Art Gallery.

My host was Lynn from the NSW Quilters Guild and when I got up that morning she had arranged the tickets for us on the kitchen table, I was very excited.

A visitor agreed to take our photo at the entrance.

Lynn and I visit the gallery

The 6 tapestries are usually on display in France and rarely travel, they were woven in the 1500's!

Here is the lovely entrance we walked through to see the tapestries.

The tapestries are large and portray the 5 senses Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing and Sight. The 6th one is called My Sole Desire, it's the largest tapestry and is thought to illustrate the soul or heart.

Here are some of my photos.


The cloth in Hearing reminded me of a quilt

Hearing detail


My Sole Desire

My Sole Desire detail

My photos do not do these beautiful tapestries justice. There was so much exquisite detail. We'd recently been talking about transparency in the Waverley Art Quilters group, so the transparency in the tapestries caught my eye.

Detail showing transparency

We couldn't resist buying the book about them, it goes into the history and has lots of detailed photos. The exhibition was going to close the following week and so the book was half price. It's always great to get a bargain

The book

I also bought another book called Isms- Understanding Modern Art. it's a lovely little book with some great photos.

Isms book

It was a wonderful day and I was grateful to Lynn to take the time out of her busy schedule to take me.

Bye for now,


Robbie said...

I can only imagine the detail in these pieces...would have loved to see them in person as well. Thanks for sharing them.

jude's page said...

Looks like a great day out, and photos don't really do the original justice do they?

Charlotte Scott said...

Wow! Would love to see them in person.

Linda Steele said...

Thank you Robbie, Jude and Charlotte, I really appreciate your comments for some reason they haven't been coming up in my emails like they usually do. I'll have to look into it.