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The lady and the unicorn

Sight c1500 (detail) from the series The lady and the unicorn, Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris. Photo © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado

A rare opportunity to experience the beauty, scale and intricacy of a masterpiece of medieval French art that has captivated viewers across the centuries

Revered as a national treasure in France, and known as the 15th-century ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’ The lady and the unicorn tapestry cycle will be making its exclusive appearance in Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW through a generous and exceptional loan from the collection of the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.

The six large tapestries each depict a richly costumed lady flanked by that most mysterious animal, the unicorn, with jewel-like millefleur (‘thousand flowers’) backgrounds. The tapestries present a vivid meditation on earthly pleasures and courtly love. They can also be viewed as an allegory of the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell – plus a sixth ‘internal’ sense – heart, desire or will – which was widely known at the time.

With an engaging program of events and activities for all ages, and a specially designed digital experience, a visit to The lady and the unicorn will allow a close encounter with one of the world’s greatest treasures.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

	Taste c1500 from the series The lady and the unicornwool and silk377 × 466 cmMusée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, ParisPhoto © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado
  • 	Taste c1500 from the series The lady and the unicornwool and silk377 × 466 cmMusée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, ParisPhoto © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado
  • 	Hearing c1500 from the series The lady and the unicornwool and silk369 × 290 cmMusée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, ParisPhoto © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado
  • 	Sight c1500 from the series The lady and the unicornwool and silk312 × 330 cmMusée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, ParisPhoto © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado
  • 	Smell c1500 from the series The lady and the unicornwool and silk368 × 322 cmMusée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, ParisPhoto © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado
  • 	Touch c1500 from the series The lady and the unicornwool and silk373 × 358 cmMusée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, ParisPhoto © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado
  • 	My sole desire c1500 from the series The lady and the unicornwool and silk377 × 473 cmMusée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, ParisPhoto © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado

View a slideshow of the six tapestries. Click on one of the small images to begin.

Art Gallery of NSW, Musée de Cluny, Strategic partners Destination NSW

10 Feb – 24 Jun 2018

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Tickets can be used once, anytime the exhibition is open. You don’t specify a date or time when booking.

$18 adult
$16 concession
$14 member
$44 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$8 child (5-17 years)
Free for children under 5
A $2 transaction fee applies for online purchases

Multi-entry ticket
$29 adult
$26 concession
$23 member
Only available at the Gallery

Location:
Upper Asian gallery

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