You may have noticed my absence over the past couple of weeks (you DID notice, didn't you?). Well, I've been on holidays in France (chilly, brrrr) and whilst in Paris I dropped in to the wonderful Cluny museum which houses, you guessed it, all 6 of the famous Lady & the Unicorn tapestries. Some of you would have seen some of these in SQ patterns and some of you have been stitching away very attentively on those very same patterns. Well, let me tell you, they are absolutely FABULOUS in the flesh (or should I say, fabric)! I spent a good 2 and a half hours just in that one room, looking over them in great detail. It's great to see them all side by side, you can compare the different elements, the expressions on the lady's face, the difference in the shades of red, etc. I'd never realised that they are all different sizes from each other- the 6th tapestry (To My One Desire) is by far the largest and hangs on its on own wall. I took a few photos (no flash allowed, so hope they come out) and bought some of the wonderful books made on them from the bookshop. They were having a guest speaker come and do a special presentation on them a week after I was there and I was very sad to miss it. Nearly all the tapestries were quite damaged at the bottom (having been left in a wet cellar with rats) and you could see where restorative weaving had been sewn on to the original weave. Lucky it was a darkened room because there are gorgeous little rabbits throughout all 6 tapestries and I had just the day before had to give away my little pet bunny- so my eyes were not entirely dry! It was a really wonderful experience and I wouldn't hesitate for a second at a chance to go back. Actually, we'll be spending one night in Paris in a month's time on our way back to Australia and my husband has already suggested that we do just that.
Wow, that is so cool! I can't even imagine how awesome these are in person! I would love to live long enough to stitch all 6 of them, and have them all hanging in a gallery of some kind. I just can't even imagine putting these somewhere where they could be subjected to that kind of damage, but hey, someday, somebody might say the very same thing about something we think is ordinary and mundane, and certainly not worth keeping in pristine condition!
Found on google a picture from the tapestries of the lady & the unicorn.There were 5 on one wall with people in front of it so you can see how big they are.Very impressive! Can imagine you spent a lot of time there, because there is so much to see.