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  • Record Number: 13039
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Monsour , Michele.
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  • Title: The Lady With the Unicorn
  • Source: Gazette des Beaux-Arts 134, 1571 (décembre 1999): Pages 237 - 254.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Decorative Arts Dame a la Licorne, Tapestry Series Iconography Jean le Viste, President of the Cours des Aides and Commissioner of the Dame a la Licorne Series Tapestries Unicorns Weaving Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: Low Countries
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Twelve Figures. Figure One "À mon seul désir," from the series "The Lady with the Unicorn," (Paris, musée national du Moyen Âge-Thermes et hôtel de Cluny). Figure Two "Touch" (detail), from the series "The Lady with the Unicorn," Paris, musée national du Moyen Âge-Thermes et hôtel de Cluny). Figure Three Berne tapestry with the arms of Philip the Good (Bern, Bernisches Historisches Museum). Figure Four Fragments of the tapestry "Penelope at Her Loom" from the series "Les Femmes Illustres," circa 1480-1483, France or the Franco Flemish Territories, wool, tapestry weave 155x101 cm. (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts). Figure Five "Caius Marius at the Cimbri Camp," part of the Cimbri Women from the series "Les Femmes Illustres," circa 1480-1483, France or the Franco Flemish Territories, wool, tapestry weave 175x132, (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts). Figure Six "The Engagement of Maximillian of Austria and Marie of Burgundy," (Stad Brugge, Openbare Bibliotheek). Figure Seven "The Capture of the Unicorn," fragment from the series "The Hunt of the Unicorn" (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art). Figure Eight Jean Hey (Master of Moulins), The "Annunciation," circa 1500 (Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection). Figure Nine The "Feudal Life," Northern France or Southern Germany, wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave, circa 1510-1525 (Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago). Figure Ten "Dame à la licorne," drawing of the tapestry of Charles de Bourbon, collection Gaignières, 1733, folio 15 (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France). Figure Eleven "Coffret," Middle Rhenish, 15th century, depicting a hunter and a unicorn (Paris, Musée national du Moyen Âge-Thermes et hôtel de Cluny). Figure Twelve "Sight," from the series "The Lady with the Unicorn" (Paris, Musée national du Moyen Âge-Thermes et hôtel de Cluny).
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  • Abstract: Ce papier reprend d'abord brièvement toute la recherche antérieure sur "La Dame à la Licorne." Le nom du commanditaire étant connu, Jean Le Viste, on peut en déduire beaucoup d'informations sur la provenance de la tapisserie, sur son auteur et enfin sur le sujet réel qu'elle traite. La cour des Bourbon a influencé Jean Le Viste dans son choix de l'artiste et dans ses goûts artistiques et intellectuels. Nous pensons, en définitive, que l'étude iconographique révèle que "La Dame à la Licorne n'est pas composée seulement d'objets ou d'images mais illustre des thèmes relatifs à l'amour: cinq sens, images courtoises, chasse de l'amour et chasse de la licorne. La tapisserie apparaît comme un commentaire sur l'amour vrai.
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00165530
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