Statuia Lupoaicei in Timișoara

Between the the Opera Națională Română where we were and Catedrala Mitropolitană at the southern end of Piața Victoriei is a solitary Ionic column upon which a bronze wolf stands, two babies suckling at its teats. Dead famous this, the Capitoline Wolf. I was majorly surprised to see it in Timișoara. Turns out it’s one of five copies made in Italy in the early-20th century (cheers, probably Mussolini) and donated to cities in Romania; the original’s in Rome since the 15th century.

The classic shot of this is zooming lengthwise down the plaza, filling the background with the cathedral or theatre. Not for my camera. Both sides of the plaza are lined with early-20th century apartment buildings, kind of a Romanian / Austro-Hungarian / Banat equivalent of Gründerzeit or Victorian architecture, massive solidity and 2-3 story cambered roofs wrapped in Art Nouveau and Deco balconies and stonework. Except, that is, for the south-east corner, which has a pair of International Brutalist apartment blocks that fit in beautifully — well, to my taste anyway. Love me some proper Brutalism.

So for me, there’s a really nice interplay between a 11th or 12th century Mediæval wolf, 15th century Renaissance twins, on a Classical column with a backdrop of two opposing styles of 20th century architecture.