She Wolf as Shape of Time
Trilogy: The She Wolf as Shape of Time
14-7/8″ x 22-1/4” (37.8 cm x 56.52 cm)
Letterpress from Photopolymer Plate
The Comune di Roma andTEVERETERNO
Claudio Parisi Presicce (Historic)
Scanning and Plate:
Peter Kruty and Ian Jackson
The archetypal symbol of Rome for millennia, the She-Wolf is the icon of the mythological beginnings of the City, embodying the dichotomy between nature and culture.
She Wolf as Shape of Time is a series of twelve exquisitely detailed letterpress prints marking the transformative visual and cultural evolution of the She-Wolf across history. The hand-printed series documents 2100 years of the fabled figure’s imagery.
A chronological sequence of the She-Wolf image was initially conceived as a filmic metamorphosis of the icon through time. Jones worked closely with archaeologist and historian Claudio Parisi Presicce, Director of the Capitoline Museum, who generously offered access to his research and an archive of more than three hundred images. Under his guidance, eighty images were transcribed from the nearly 3,000-year history of the She-Wolf icon from archives in museums around the world. Jones worked together with Roman illustrator Francesca Fini to produce renderings of the historical images in classic Etruscan vase-painting style, which were then printed in collaboration with Peter Kruty Editions (Brooklyn, New York).
The She Wolf as Shape of Time was presented in the Capitoline Museum’s Sala della Lupa as part of Trilogy: The She Wolf as Shape of Time, April 21-July 5, 2009.