Current Location:
Glenn A. Niemeyer Honors Hall -> 2nd Floor (HON)
Location Notes:
HON; Academic, 2nd fl., Above Drinking Fountain

“The Capitoline Wolf (Lupa Capitolina)”

Poster reproduction of original artwork
circa 2007
Artworks - Height: 9.5 in Width: 12 in
Bronze statue of Romulus and Remus nursing from a wolf. Photographed by A. Panegrossi and P. Cipollina.
Historical Context:
The Capitoline Wolf is a bronze sculpture of a she-wolf suckling twin infants representing Romulus and Remus, the fabled founders of ancient Rome. According to the myth, when the grandfather of the twins, Numitor, was overthrown by his brother Amulius, the usurper ordered that the twins be cast into the Tiber River, where they were rescued and cared for by a she-wolf. The Capitoline Wolf has been housed in the Museo Nuovo in the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Campidoglio (the ancient Capitoline Hill), Rome, Italy since 1471. The age and origin of the Capitoline Wolf is a subject of controversy.