The unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. … In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like or goat-like animal with a long horn and cloven hooves (sometimes a goat’s beard). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin.
The six Lady and the Unicorn tapestries were woven at the end of the Middle Ages and discovered in the 19th century. It appears that each of the five senses depicted by a tapestry. “The tapestries are created in the style of mille-fleurs“, “a background style of many different small flowers and plants”.
The meaning of the sixth tapestry is not known. The tent is labeled ‘my only desire’.
The lighting for the tapestries is very dim. I used an exposure time of 1/30 second, the slowest interval I wanted to hand-hold, and set the drive for multiple shots. This approach worked well, yielding a good photo for each piece.
The Cluny Museum is located in an ancient Roman bath. Shown below, the frigidarium is a cool room where one goes to close their pores after hot and warm rooms.