The Capitoline She-Wolf

Lupa Capitolina RomaEntering in the Capitoline Museum you could get in touch with the Real History of Rome, with its remains and proofs of the most important city of the Ancient Times. Of course, the museum hosts many archeological works of art, but there is just one which could describe all the importance and the powerful of the Caput Mundi. A sort of animal symbol that underlines what is Rome and what could be its meaning. I am talking about the famous “SheWolf“, hosted in a room of the museum and surrounded by the name of some men who tried to improve and make larger Rome.

When you walk through the rooms of the Palazzo Conservatori, one of the palaces which form the archeological collection of the most ancient museum in the world, it is difficult to stay some minutes in front of this bronze SheWolf with two childrens in the act of drinking her milk. This simple statue which we could date back to the IV century BC, represent all the meaning of Rome. It depicts its divine origine, its powerful and eternity, the moment in which Rome started to stay in the History, making it.

arts in rome eventMoreover the SheWolf with the Twins, Romolo and Remo, had some mysteries inside it…first of all, the archeologists are discussing about its age. We know that She is an Etruscan work and that She was realized by an Etruscan workshop. Then, we know that firstly the SheWolf didn’t have the Twins, because according to the traditions they were insert by an artist named Pollaiolo, during the final part of the XV century, when the Pope Sixtus IV decided to make a gift to Rome. The SheWolf, in fact, belonged to the treasure of the Vatican, and with this deed the Pope wanted to stay closer to Rome and its population. This gift and the SheWolf, for this reason, represent the first museum in the world, just because many works of art were given to Senate of Rome of the Renaissance. But today the archeologists think that the Twins were add by Pollaiolo copying an ancient representation and sources of the II century BC, just two century after the realization of the statue.

tn_DSC_0100Then, we will stay in front of it, you should try to think about its enormous value for Rome and Romans. It was an example of the great and mythical origins of Rome: the SheWolf depicts the Nature and the Gods who decided to help Romolo and Remo, in order to create the most powerful city in the world. The SheWolf was used just for political things and propaganda. Augustus was the first to use it in order to remember to the Romans where were their origins. Hadrian, in a period in which the classical art and the memories of Rome had to improve, decided the same thing. Massenzio, when he stayed inside the Aurelian Wall waiting for Costantino and his army, tried to obtain the esteem of the population with the SheWolf…So, do you observe how She is important? A normal SheWolf who did something against her natural instinct symbolizes the entire Rome and, in a certain way, the entire of our History.


Sketch at Musei Capitolini

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It is the most amazing Museum that I never seen in my life…and the views overlookings Fori Imperiali are very stunning. I, Giampiero, Antonella, Federica and Janine for Sketch the Sculpture in the Galate Room.

Start to visit the Gallery and come with us the next event.

Balcony of Musei Capitolini that overlookings Fori Imperiali

We start to visit the Museo…

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visiting Musei Capitolini with Arts in Rome

and the simbol of Rome, The Wolf

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The simble of Rome

and after one hour and half visiting all the Masterpieces, we finally start to draw at the Galate Room

Drawing the Galate Sculpture

other exercises

drawing at museum
drawing at museum

and don’t forget to smile! It is Art, of course…

Sketch at Musei Capitolini


Sketch at Musei Capitolini
Sketch at Musei Capitolini

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Sketch at Musei Capitolini

Sketch at Musei Capitolini

25 Ottobre 2015 ai Musei Capitolini, piazza del Campidoglio, Roma

Siamo al terzo appuntamento di “Sketch at…” dell’Associazione Arts in Rome, con l’obiettivo di avvicinare gli amanti dell’arte ai Musei, Gallerie, Chiese, studiandone i capolavori, la loro storia grazie agli Storici dell’Arte dell’Associazione [sg_popup id=”2″]Flumen[/sg_popup] e disegnando con l’aiuto del Maestro [sg_popup id=”4″]Antonio Finelli[/sg_popup]

Accanto alla meravigliosa piazza del Campidoglio, disegnata da Michelangelo Buonarroti, esiste il museo pubblico piu’ antico al mondo (1471), voluto da Papa Sisto IV Della Rovere, lo stesso che ha dato precedentemente incarico a Michelangelo di dipingere la Cappella Sistina al Vaticano.

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Già con Papa Sisto IV, molte opere sono state spostate dal Vaticano o dal Quirinale verso il nuovo museo, come ad esempio la [sg_popup id=”10″]Lupa Capitolina[/sg_popup] o il Marc’Aurelio (la cui copia è nel piazzale esterno), ma, a seguito di scavi e acquisizioni, la collezione è diventata una delle più importanti di Roma e del mondo, che annovera sculture romane, egizie, del Bernini, opere pittoriche di Guido Reni, Caravaggio, Carracci, Guercino, Rubens, Pietro da Cortona, ecc..
Vedi la collezione intera dal sito Istituzionale dei Musei Capitolini

Quando e Come

Piazza del Campidoglio or Campidoglio square. Rome, Italy

Ci vediamo domenica 25 Ottobre 2015 alle 14.30 sotto la Statua di Marc’Aurelio al centro di Piazza del Campidoglio, ognuno equipaggiato con album da disegno, matite e gomma.
Iniziamo subito il percorso di visita dentro le Sale del Museo con la Guida che ne spiegherà la storia e le Opere esposte e sarà a disposizione per qualsiasi domanda.
Finita la visita che durerà circa 2 ore, prenderemo posto di fronte ad alcune opere scelte da Antonio Finelli ( e iniziermo la nostra sessione di Disegno. Antonio vi darà alcuni suggerimenti sulla prospettiva e sulle proporzioni.
Alle 19.30 finiremo il lavoro

Quick info

Data: 25 Ottobre 2015 alle 14.30
Luogo: Piazza del Campidoglio
Info:[email protected]
Telefono: +39 393 9433 952
Difficoltà: media
Durata: circa 5h
Ingressi: Musei Capitolini
Come arrivare:


La partecipazione a Sketch at Musei Capitolini è di Euro 35 e comprende:

  • Blocco da Disegno
  • una Matita 2b
  • Iscrizione all’Associazione
  • L’assistenza del Tutor di Disegno
  • La Visita Guidata del Museo

E’ escluso il biglietto d’ingresso al Museo, che deve essere acquistato direttamente alla Biglietteria


Grazie a  2C Arte  Partner Tecnico, i partecipanti avranno in REGALO:
+ Un Sketchbook
+ Una matita 2B

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Quota di partecipazione
35 Euro + Ingresso al Museo

Pagamento anticipato obbligatorio, non rimborsabile, via Paypal o Bonifico Bancario (non contanti)
In caso di disdetta la prenotazione sarà valida per lo “Sketch At” successivo oppure è valido per un’altra persona, il cui nominativo deve essere comunicato via email a:  [email protected]

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy 2016

Do you know what the importance of Jubilee for Rome? Pope Francis announced the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: a great opportunity for Art Tourism to wondering the Holy Places and the Holy Art. Discover the meaning and the history of the Jubilee and the Churches involved.

In the Bull Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis announced the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will begin on 8th of December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and conclude on 20th of November 2016, with the Solemnity of Christ the King.

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Jubilee of Mercy Logo 2016

A little bit of Jubilee History:

From the first Holy Year of 1300, wanted by Boniface VIII, to St. John Paul II in 2000, millions of faithful uninterrupted went through the doors jubilee of the four Papal Basilicas : St. Peter, St. John Lateran , St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Church Holy Doors refers to the passage that every Christian is called to accomplish from sin to grace , looking to Christ who himself says : “I am the door”. The Holy Door, indulgences and pilgrimages. These are signs that characterize every Jubilee and that will be the focus also of the Holy Year of mercy by Pope Francis .

What is Jubilee of Mercy?

Its origins date back to the Jewish world when it was a year, declared saint, which fell every 50 years , in which it was meant to restore equality to all the “Children of Israel”, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their property and even their personal freedom. The rich, however, the jubilee year reminded that the time would come when their Israelite slaves would once again become their equals and would be able to reclaim their rights. The Catholic Church has started the tradition of the Jubilee with Boniface VIII in 1300. At first the timing between a Holy Year and the other was 50 years but then was cut in 25 years so that each generation of experiencing at least one, because of  high mortality rate .

How does it develop?

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Holy Door

In the Bull Misericordiae Vultus which is called the Jubilee of mercy, Pope Francis announced that will cross the Holy Door at St. Peter’s on 8th of December, the opening day of the Holy extraordinary, open wide as that of St. John Lateran on the third Sunday of advent, 13 December. The same gesture will be repeated later in the Holy Doors of the other two major Basilicas of Rome ( St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls ). He will “Doors of mercy” – writes Francis in the Bull – where everyone will go beyond the “will experience the love of God, who comforts, forgives and gives hope”. Again on 13th of December will open the ” doors of mercy” in every dioceses of the world will be in the cathedrals or in a church but also of special significance in the sanctuaries where pilgrims can “find the way of conversion”, notes the Pope .


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The Works of Mercy

An indulgence is one of the constitutive elements of the Jubilee. In it we see the fullness of the Father’s mercy, who comes to all with his love. In the Bull of Indiction of the Holy extraordinary Pope Francis explains the sense of indulgence. “All of us – the Pope writes – we experience the sin. We know we are called to perfection (cf. Mt 5:48), but we feel a strong sense of sin. (…) Despite the pardon, in our lives we bring the contradictions which are the consequence of our sins”. The Pope recalled that “in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God forgives sins, which are really deleted”. Yet “the negative imprint that sins have left in our behavior and in our thoughts remain. The mercy of God, however, is even stronger than that. It becomes indulgence of the Father through the Bride of Christ (the Church, ed) reaches the sinner forgiven and free from any residue of the consequence of sin”.

In fact, with the indulgence, the repentant sinner receives a remission of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven (with Confession). To gain the indulgence, you must be in a state of grace. Then comes that the faithful have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin; that is to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation; receiving the Eucharist and to pray for the intentions of the Pope.

It also serves to make a ”work“. There are works of mercy, that is making a pilgrimage to a Jubilee shrine or place (you can obtain the indulgence doing this work, not only in Rome – in the major basilicas and in other churches or shrines of the eternal city – but also in places of their dioceses in all five continents, usually in the cathedrals or shrines). Or there are the works of penance, that is, refrain from unnecessary consumption (smoking, alcohol …), fast or abstain from meat and donate a sum to the needy. Or there are The Works of Mercy of which the Pope speaks in the Bull of the Jubilee. And the lists showing that they are a “way to awaken our consciousness often dormant before the tragedy of poverty and to enter more and more in the heart of the Gospel, where the poor are the privileged of God’s mercy”.

Are CORPORAL WORKS of Mercy: feeding the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, assisting the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead.

And they are SPIRITUAL WORKS of Mercy: counseling the doubtful, teach the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, stand troublesome people patiently, praying to God for the living and the dead.

In the Holy Year pilgrimage are the main goals of the four major Basilicas of Rome ( St. Peter , St. John Lateran , St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls ) where you can get indulgence . But in each diocese will be shown pilgrimage sites related to the Jubilee.