Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wolf Mother

"Wolf Mother"

This rather bizarre sculpture is to be found in a typically Parisian little square bearing the jaunty name of Square Paul Painlevé (Paul Risenbread!)

It's all to do with some Roman legend, which I no expert on, about a couple of twins being nursed by a she-wolf. Whatever the origins it makes you look twice and I'd be interested to hear a parent explaining to their curious kids just what it's supposed to represent.

There are apparently versions of this statue all over the place, the world I mean, and it's this sort of thing that adds to the charm of the place and livens up an afternoon stroll around the city. But then you knew that, didn't you?

4 comments:

Kelly said...

You are right! The twins were Remus and Romulus, and they were the sons of Mars. They fought a battle, and one killed the other, and founded Rome. I think there are two hills in Rome that are the location of the mythical battle, but that I am not sure of.

Kelly said...

p.s. Loved the thought of the parents trying to explain this!

Steve & Cricket said...

Reminds me of being in Rome ... Good food ;-))) Cool shot too

==Alaska

babooshka said...

Greek and Roamn myths and legends are my thing, so this is a lovely image for me. Photographers know to sometimes shoot the part rather than the whole. Really sharp image and excellent composition.

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