To My Sole Desire

To My Sole Desire features the six panels from the series of tapestries commonly known as « The Lady and the Unicorn », which present a young girl and a unicorn surrounded by other animals and flowers – a supposed allegory on the five senses, heightened by a sixth and remaining fairly mysterious. But unicorns also have a reputation for being terribly wild, only allowing themselves to be approached by young virgins.

So the work emphasizes one of the central points in the history of European art: the representation of women’s virginity or rather their non-virginity because, the Virgin Mary obliging, over the centuries, there has been a sort of oscillation between defloration and non-defloration, which more or less comes to the same: we women never get a moment’s rest.

Cover Photo: A mon seul désir ©Thomas Greil