The Shepherd Faustulus Bringing Romulus and Remus to His Wife


Nicolas Mignard ( French, 1606 - 1668 )

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General Description

In Nicolas Mignard’s painting, the crisp draperies, pure colors, and simple setting are perfect testimony to the Italian influence, particularly of the Bolognese school, on French art at the beginning of the 17th century. The shepherd Faustulus rescued twin babies Romulus and Remus, the future founders of Rome, after they were abandoned on the banks of the Tiber River. The scene depicts the moment when he presents the babies to his wife, who will become their adoptive mother. Mignard spent a large part of his career in the papal territory of Avignon in southern France, where he produced large religious compositions for churches and convents. This painting is among his few known secular subjects.

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Bonnie Pitman, ed., "The Shepherd Faustulus Bringing Romulus and Remus to his Wife," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 152.

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