When in Rome…

As the story goes, Rome was founded by twin boys who were raised by a she-wolf. One brother eventually killed the other in a fisticuffs over who would be king. The victor then raided a nearby town to rape and kidnap the women, as an ideal city has at least two girls for every boy. Now, this ol’ yarn is literally set in thread in the exhibit “Habsburg Treasures: Renaissance Tapestries From Vienna” at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach). Much like cave paintings and graphic novels, intricate woven tapestries like these were valued as both art and storytelling tool. The 16th-century tapestries, which once graced the walls of Austria’s Hapsburg palace, have never been shown outside of Vienna; they will be on display until April 11. Admission costs $12. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. Starts: Jan. 16. Continues through April 11, 2010
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Amanda McCorquodale