1) The Old Woman Tells the Story of Psyche, French, Paris, unidentified workshop, c. 1660, Wool, silk, gold thread; 118 x 104 in. 2) Psyche Dressing, French, Paris, unidentified workshop, c. 1660, Wool, silk, gold thread; 118 x 122 in.  3) Psyche at the Temple of Ceres, French, Paris, unidentified workshop, c. 1660, Wool, silk, gold thread; 118 x 108 in.

Weaving the Myth of Psyche

Weaving the Myth of Psyche, on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum September 13, 2013 – February 16, 2014, featured five rare tapestries from the museum’s collection that illustrated the mythological story of Psyche. Made of wool, silk, and gilded-silver, the tapestries were based on fifteenth-century engravings, part of a series produced by an unknown manufactory in Paris in the 1660s. While exploring the allegory of Psyche as told in the second century Latin novel Metamorphoses, this installation addressed the history and use of tapestries through its narrative reinterpretation during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Tour Schedule
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum, September 27, 2014 – March 8, 2015

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