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My Soul Desire  I  Stephen Linsteadt

My Soul Desire (Mon Seul Desir), oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, 2023 - $6400

The six tapestries of "The Lady and the Unicorn" take us through the five senses and concludes with a sixth tapestry seeming to show the Lady denouncing the follies of the physical senses in preference to a higher sense. In the 14th century "Doctrinal for Ordinary People" we find: "The sixth sense is thus seen as the heart, the spiritual heart called to govern the other five senses." The Lady in the painting represents the beauty of the soul. She is not replacing her jewelry as in the tapestry, but holding a rose, an alchemical symbol for the final stage of transformation.

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