The Old Woman Tells the Story of Psyche

The Old Woman Tells the Story of Psyche (French, Paris, unidentified workshop, c. 1660; Wool, silk, gold thread; 118 x 104 in.), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art/Gift of Mrs. N. Clarkson Earl, 1956. (September 23, 2013)

Look closely at any of the five rare tapestries hanging at the Wadsworth as part of Weaving the Myth of Psyche. Spend some time, relax, soak 'em in: they've been out-of-sight for over a decade. Each large 17th-century French piece (including "The Old Woman Tells the Story of Psyche," pictured) was produced in a Paris shop by unidentified craftsmen, spun from wool, silk and silver and based on 15th-century engravings interpreting the 2nd-century (!) allegory of Psyche, originating in the Latin novel Metamorphases. This kind of thing requires time and study, and perhaps someone to guide you through. (Luckily you have until Feb. 16, but repeat visits might be required.)

Weaving the Myth of Psyche

through Feb. 16, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, (860) 838-4081,