My Sole Desire, c1500, Musée de Cluny

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From The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry series, now exhibiting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. View the full collection here.

Paper size (inclusive of 5cm border)

  • Large: 68cm x 77cm

  • Medium: 48cm x 54cm

  • Small: 39cm x 33cm

Produced in collaboration with the Musée de Cluny, the renowned medieval museum of France, each work has been reproduced using the highest quality inks and archival paper, allowing for a life of more than 100 years if cared for properly.

Reproduction note: Besides some colour enhancements, the prints have been reproduced so they represent the tapestries as they look today. As such the prints show the discolouration found at the base of each work due to restoration process carried out over time. The discoloured parts are where modern conservators repaired the tapestries that were worn away. The modern dyes have faded more significantly than the plant-based dyes of the original medieval making. 

Images supplied by the Photo Agency of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux and the Grand Palais.

Paper quality

  • The high quality of the paper should ensure a life of more than 100 years if cared for properly.

  • A museum-quality, smooth cotton high white is used. It is 315gsm with 100% cotton linter and a silky-smooth matte surface.

  • It is acid and lignin free with an excellent colour gamut.

  • The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high-quality fine art and photographic reproduction.

  • The term 'Giclée Print' (pronounced zhee-clay) refers to an elevation in printmaking technology.

  • Images are printed with archival-quality Ultrachrome pigment-based K3 inks onto canvas and smooth or textured fine art paper.

Frames

  • Box frames sourced from sustainable plantation timber.

  • 20mm face and 37mm depth.

  • Available in Classic White, Matte Black, Tasmanian Oak & Dark Timber.

  • 2mm clear acrylic with 80% UV protection rating.

  • Artworks are mounted to acid-free foam core.

  • Artworks are set to the rear of the frame with a 20mm space to the acrylic.

  • Crafted by Amarisco Picture Framing, Sydney. Ph 02 9439 3133, amarisco.com.au.

Our printing partner

Vision Image Lab, our professional printing partner, also arranges framing and delivery. You can contact them directly with any delivery enquiries regarding this print.

Email: accounts@visionimagelab.com.au

Phone: (02) 9319 3300

Woven in wool and silk to a French design, the series comprises six entrancing works that together, due to their significant scale, span more than 20 metres. Five of the tapestries depict the five senses, with a sixth representing the heart, or understanding. Within the tapestries, a lady flanked by a lion and a unicorn is surrounded by a fantastical world of animals, trees and flowers.

The tapestry series has  travelled only twice before, to New York in 1973–74, and Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) in 2013.

“The Gallery enjoys strong links with art museums in France, including the Musée de Cluny,” says Art Gallery of New South Wales director Dr Michael Brand. “The tapestry series is exceptional, and as one of the greatest surviving artworks of its kind, it’s a real coup that it’s coming exclusively to Sydney. It is unlikely to travel to Australia ever again.”

Maud Page, Art Gallery of New South Wales deputy director and director of collections, says the significance of the tapestry series in the history of French art is well known and documented. “The tapestries are universally revered and are a portal to the past,” she says. “But the lasting beauty of The Lady and the Unicorn is that it retains its mystique and its freshness after centuries, still inspiring awe in viewers today.”

Each tapestry, with its jewel-like millefleur (‘thousand-flower’) background, represents one of the senses: touch, in which the figure of the lady holds the unicorn’s horn; taste, in which the lady feeds a bird; smell, in which she holds flowers; hearing, in which she plays music; and sight, in which she shows the unicorn his reflection in a mirror. The sixth tapestry includes an enigmatic text that reads, ‘Mon seul désir’ (‘My only desire’). It depicts the lady emerging from a tent, held open by the lion and the unicorn.

For centuries, The Lady and the Unicorn has fascinated writers, musicians and artists: the literature of George Sand (the author credited for ‘rediscovering’ the tapestries); the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke; Jean Cocteau’s drawings, sets and costumes for the Ballet Russes; and, more recently, Tracy Chevalier’s novel, Lady and the Unicorn, were all inspired by the tapestries. Even young people might recognise them as facsimiles of the tapestries gracing the walls of the Gryffindor house common room in the Harry Potter movies.

Edited content courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales

Reproduction note: The prints have been produced to represent exactly how the tapestries look today, which includes some discolouration at the base of the works due to restoration process carried out over time. The discoloured part is where modern conservators repaired parts of the tapestries that were worn away. The modern dyes have faded more significantly than the plant-based dyes of the original medieval making.

Delivery may take up to two weeks longer than the normal delivery times listed below, due to the holiday period.

All deliveries include tracking and require a signature on delivery.

Location Delivery time Price
Australia-wide, standard delivery

Unframed: Up to two weeks

Framed: Up to four weeks

FREE
New Zealand Unframed only: Up to three weeks

1 x print $30

2 x prints $30

3 x prints $60

4 x prints $60

Plus $30 for every 1–2 prints thereafter

Rest of world Unframed only: Up to four weeks

1 x print $45

2 x prints $45

3 x prints $90

4 x prints $90

Plus $45 for every 1–2 prints thereafter

Paper size (inclusive of 5cm border)

  • Large: 68cm x 77cm

  • Medium: 48cm x 54cm

  • Small: 34cm x 38cm

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