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The Lady and the Unicorn (La Dame à la licorne) is the title of six medieval tapestries which can be found in the Musée du Moyen-Âge in Paris. Drawn in Paris and woven in Flanders.


La Dame à la licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn), Hearing, Flanders, Cluny Museum, Paris. This tapestry is part of a groupe of 6 others : Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing, Sight and the mysterious "À Mon Seul Désir" ("according to my desire alone"). In each tapestry all the caracters are depicted, one of them is a unicorn.


Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), The Unicorns, Oil on canvas, GUstave Moreau Museum. The theme of this painting was inspired by the six famous tapestries of the La Dame à la Licorne [The Lady and the Unicorn] bought by the Musée de Cluny in 1882. In order to achieve the “necessary richness” the pillar of his aesthetic, Moreau blended medieval ornamental motifs with Renaissance motifs, and was quite prepared to look for sources in magazines like Le Magasin pittoresque.