A cycle of five precious tapestries illustrates the story of the princess Psyche who was taken as a bride by the god Cupid, according to the second century Latin novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Made of wool, silk, and gilded-silver, the tapestries were based on fifteenth-century engravings and were part of a series produced by an unknown manufactory in Paris in the 1660s, during the reign of Louis XIV. This is an extremely rare opportunity to see an important group of Baroque tapestries in northern New England.
This exhibition is supported by the Robert Lehman Foundation.
Winter 2015February 7, 2015 | 10:30 a.m. | BCMA
February 11, 2015 | 12:00 noon | BCMA
Gallery Conversation: “Le dernier cri: Cupid and Psyche in Paris”
Abby Zanger, visiting associate professor of romance languages, in conversation with Joachim Homann, curator, discussing the role of mythology in French seventeenth-century literature and visual culture, suggesting interpretations of the Cupid and Psyche tapestries within the context of their origin in 1660s Paris.
February 19, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | BCMA
Thursday Night Salon. “Translating Cupid and Psyche: Apuleius’s Absurdity”
Sarah Ruden’s translation from Latin of Apuleius’s novel The Golden Ass has been praised as “no less inventive, varied, and surprising than the original.” She will discuss the story of Cupid and Psyche, as told in Apuleius’s second-century novel. Ruden is a visiting scholar at Brown University and is currently working on The Music Inside the Whale, and Other Marvels: A Translator on the Beauty of the Bible. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.
October 16, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Gallery Conversation: “Metamorphosis of a Myth”