Antique Grand Tour Bronze of the Capitoline Wolf


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A fine mid 19th century Italian Grand Tour bronze model of the ‘Capitoline Wolf’. The finely cast and chased she-wolf with the twin figures of Romulus & Remus suckling beneath.

Height 3 1/2“ (8.9cm)

Width  5 1/2“ (14cm)

Depth 2 1/2“ (6.3cm)


Circa 1840

La Lupa Capitolina “the Capitoline Wolf”. Traditional scholarship says the wolf-figure is Etruscan, 5th century BC. The figures of Romulus and Remus were added in the 15th century AD by Antonio Pollaiuolo. Recent studies suggest that the she-wolf may be a medieval sculpture dating from the 13th century AD. The work’s attribution attests to the enduring nature of the myth.