The lady and the Unicorn
Dimensions:W: 195cm (76.8")H: 172cm (67.7")
A three panel oil on canvas copy painting taken from the six Medieval tapestries discovered in the C19th and named "La dame a la Licorne" which were made in Flanders in the Middles Ages (1500). The actual tapestries are currently on display at the Musee national de Moyen Age in Paris and they are considered to be one of the greatest surviving works of the Middles Ages in Europe. Each panel suposedly represents one of the five senses depicted in imagery and symbolism. Wonderfully painted with charming details. The lady is set in a garden with fruit trees and flags, and accompanied with both a lion and a unicorn, including a maidservant offering cups or dishes along with monkeys, rabbits, dogs and cats. This oil on panel screen copy dates from early C20th and has lovely muted colours. There is a little tear at the top of one of the panels which has been restored in the past by the previous owner as well as a water mark at the base of one of the framed wooden panels - neither is v noticeable. Overall it is both charming and wonderfully painted. Can be used as a screen or wall mounted.