Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracey Chevalier
Historical Fiction

This story revolves around the Lady and the Unicorn set of tapestries. Nicolas des Innocents is commissioned by Jean Le Viste to create these works of art. Nicholas espies Claude, the nobleman's daughter and immediately falls in lust. Nicholas while a wonderful painter is also a lover of women. He has already impregnanted the Le Viste's maid.

The story follows the making of the tapestries though the paintings, the creation of 'cartoons' and then the weaving. We learn about each of the families connected to the tapestries. The De La Chappelles are chosen to weave the tapestries and of course they have a beautiful blind daughter.

The most interesting aspect of the story was how these works of art were created and the 'cost' to these artisans in creating these pieces




Jeane said...

This sounds like a very interesting book! I've never read about tapestries.

Dana said...

I found it fascinating how the tapestries were made from the start of the painting to the finished product

Ladyjanet said...

I've seen the book and thought it looked good. Now I think it will have to go on my wishlist. I've see stitching patterns for parts of it too. Could be challenging.....