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The Art Gallery of NSW has secured the beautiful medieval tapestries of 'The Lady and the Unicorn' for a limited display, on loan from the Musee de Cluny in Paris. Referred to by some as the Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages, these artworks have only been showcased outside of France three times in the last 500 years.
The six tapestries have an enigmatic allure to them. On their face, they show a lady with a lion and a unicorn, in the midst of a forest full of trees and animals. Each tapestry is meant to be an allegorical representation of one of the five senses. But what does the sixth mean?
This display was put together very quickly and the Gallery has done an excellent job. Suitable for young and old, as well as displaying the tapestries in a room for a 360-degree rotational experience, the exhibition also includes a cute animation that brings the forest animals to life. There is also an interactive display that lets little fingers (and big ones) zoom up close on different sections of the tapestry and a comfy room with a sofa and different looms, to let people try a bit of tapestry themselves.