She-Wolf (Capitoline Wolf)

She-Wolf (Capitoline Wolf)

Date ca. 500 BCE

Movement Etruscan

Medium Bronze

Length 33.5″

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.