Pietro da Cortona (1596/7-1669)
“Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus” (1634)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
In Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus are legendary twin brothers, whose story tells the events that led to the founding of the city of Rome and the Roman Kingdom by Romulus. Faustulus was the shepherd who found the infants Romulus and Remus, who were being suckled by a she-wolf, known as Lupa, on the Palatine Hill. He, with his wife, Acca Larentia, raised the children.