She-Wolf (Capitoline Wolf)
Date ca. 500 BCE
Housed at Museo Capitolino, Rome
Etruscans were known for their incredible mastery of bronze castings. This is evident here – an intricate pattern graces the wolf’s mane, while subtle lines impose a sense of great strength in its back muscles. A smoothness highlight’s the animals ferocity —especially in its fangs that appear to glisten.
Romans adopted the beast as the legendary mother of their empire’s founders: Romulus and Remus, whose depictions here were later added during the Italian Renaissance.