Circle of Girolamo Campagna (Verona, 1549/1552 - Venice, 1623/1625) Venetian School, circa 1600
Rhea Silvia with Romulus and Remus
Gilt bronze; marble pedestal.
22 cm height.
Rhea Silvia, a descendant of Aeneas, had been forced to consecrate herself as a vestal, that is, to remain celibate. The god Mars kidnapped her and as a result of her relationship, the twins Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome, were born. This composition is based on the one that Jacopo della Quercia made for the Gaia Fountain in Siena and is one of the few sculptures made on this theme.
It is represented with great sensuality and classic beauty to a Rhea Silvia in contrast who looks to the left of her, while she carries one of the twins whose head has been lost on her right, she caresses the head of the other who is next to her feet. Dressed in Roman peplum, it falls down her body like a twisted waterfall, full of folds and movement.
6 500 €