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Ancient symbol of Rome – or a Middle Ages knock-off? – News – Art – The Independent:

The Capitoline Museums’ statue of the legendary she-wolf, which was said to have nourished Rome’s founders, Romulus and Remus on the banks of the River Tiber, was not crafted by the city’s ancestors, the Etruscans, but was made at least 1,000 years later in the Middle Ages, some experts now insist.

According to the museum’s website, the bronze she-wolf was made in the 5th or 6th century BC, with the figures of the twin brothers added separately in the early 1500s. But studies of the statue’s construction suggest otherwise. And if seeing the iconic work’s provenance thrown into doubt weren’t bad enough, the museum’s authorities have, with red faces, had to emend the statue’s description after complaints by German newspapers.

(Via The Independent.)