Painters Paintings Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640): Romulus and Remus; or The Finding of Romulus a…
Painters Work Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640): Romulus and Remus; or The Discovering of Romulus and Remus, 1612-16, Oil on canvas, 210 x 212 cm, Pinacoteca Capitolina, Musei Capitolini, Rome “Romulus and Remus” consists of birds and foliage, two chubby infants, the she-wolf that suckled them and a shepherd about to come upon them. Two Roman gods are thrown in for good measure.
This advanced composition takes the Roman historic theme again to its mythic roots.
Romulus and his twin brother Remus have been the legendary founding father of Rome. Their mom, a Vestal Virgin, defined her being pregnant by claiming she had been violated by Mars, the god of warfare. She was thrown into jail and the kids have been ordered to be drowned within the Tiber. They survived and have been reared by a she-wolf, and by a woodpecker that watched over them and introduced them meals.
The wolf is seen mendacity underneath a tree giving suck to an toddler, whereas one other performs close by. The herdsman, Faustulus, who found them, is approaching. The god of the River Tiber reclines on his urn. Underneath the rule of Romulus town of Rome grew in dimension and energy.