The Lady and the Unicorn

Saturday 10 February 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018

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.

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

Travel Packages available with AccorHotels

Packages include overnight accommodation for two, buffet breakfast for two and two tickets to "The Lady and The Unicorn" at the Art Gallery of NSW.

*Conditions apply. See website for more details.

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