|The Capitoline Lupa on the column in Michelangelo's piazza. Bill took this photo, with the three Italian officials in the background. It's a classic.|
The most famous statue of the lupa suckling the twins is on the Capitoline Hill. The original is in the museum there, but a darn good replica sits on a post in Michelangelo's piazza (photo above). We've always been attracted to the statue and the image, and it turns out we're not the only ones.
|The lupa sometimes can look menacing, as in this poster; she|
no doubt looks more menacing here because of the rips in the poster;
the poster is simply advertising a concert.
The lupa is the primary symbol of Rome's soccer team, A.S. Roma, founded in 1927. Some even go so far as to have it tattooed on their arms.
|stylized lupa as the soccer team's symbol|
|Classic lupa as part of A.S. Roma's logo.|
|Right-wing use of the lupa, looking threatening,|
showing her smashing the Euro.
|close-up of the Euro being smashed; the imagery|
argues against Italy being part of the EU.
|Mainstream advertising using the lupa:|
the furniture store here "offers you more."
The udder is appropriately large.
Artists like the lupa too. We especially appreciated this image of Italy's most famous film star, Anna Magnani, "walking" the lupa - by street artist Biodpi.
Mussolini was big on the lupa. So her image appears in many bas reliefs and statues of the Fascist era. The one at left is from the bas relief on the once-Fiat building at the far end (coming from the train station) of Largo Susanna in central Rome. The others appear on two public buildings of the era around Rome; for example, below left on a school.
|The lupa on a contemporary, official sticker.|
More images are available on an Italian Web site: http://lupi.difossombrone.it/storiaeoriginelupo/main001_lupacapitolina.htm