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 She Wolf as Shape of Time is a series of twelve exquisitely detailed letterpress prints marking key stages in the visual and cultural evolution of the form of the She-Wolf throughout history.
The She-Wolf has been the recognizable symbol of Rome for millennia. She is the icon of the mythological beginnings of Rome, embodying the dichotomy between nature and culture. The legendary account of the city’s origins tells of the wild she-wolf who drew the infant twins Romulus and Remus from the flooding river, saving their lives and nurturing civilization.
A chronological sequence of the she-wolf image was initially conceived as a filmic metamorphosis of the icon through time. Artist Kristin Jones worked closely with archaeologist Claudio Parisi Presicce, the foremost scholar of the She-Wolf (and Director of Romes Capitoline Museum), who generously offered access to his research of more than three hundred images from the archives of the Capitoline Museum and around the world.
Under Presicce’s guidance, eighty images were drafted from the nearly 3,000-year history of the She-Wolf icon. Over a three-year period, Jones worked together with Roman artist Francesca Fini to produce accurate renderings drawn directly from the historical images.
Created by artist Kristin Jones and hand-printed by Peter Kruty Editions (Brooklyn, New York), the series spans 2100 years of the She Wolf’s imagery.
The She Wolf as Shape of Time was shown in the Capitoline Museum’s Sala della Lupa as part of Trilogy: The She Wolf as Shape of Time, April 21-July 5, 2009.