Wednesday morning and here is the view from my balcony. I’m on the corner so can see old and new Sydney in a few directions.
Off to the Art Gallery of NSW. I haven’t been here since I came as a child with my family. But as soon as I saw those painters’ names around the top of the building it was very familiar. There was even a Morris Major Elite parked out front – same car but different colour that we drove up in. Same trip we stayed at the iconic TV motel in Gundagai.
The six French tapestries are amazing. Hard to believe they were created around 1500. I spent ages looking at them and started discussing them with a young lady who is a real tapestry and costume fan. Made it all even more interesting. After an hour I needed a coffee and fortunately even though pass outs are not available it was relatively quiet and I was allowed to go and come back again. Which was good as when I got back a lot of viewers had gone for lunch and I didn’t feel bad getting up really close.
This little dog shows how depiction of texture, pattern and form is so amazing. The work is wool with some silk which I assume is used for the shine on the corner of the cushion.
The background of flowers and animals is typical of medieval tapestry and appears to be done by different weavers from the main characters. The same images are used over and over such as with these rabbits.
This does not make this part of the works any less mind blowing.
The lion and the unicorn appear in each tapestry. Lions not being common in France, it was fun to speculate about the ideas behind the different ways they appear, particularly the faces.
And look at this. The cloth beneath the positive organ being played in the tapestry representing the sense of hearing, is just like my cushion. I made it in needlepoint to use up left over tapestry wools from other cushion projects.
Cats are cute too.
I am very glad I came all this way for an art exhibition. Lady and the Unicorn closes on 24 June.