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The Etruscans: A Style All Their Own

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The Etruscans: A Style All Their Own

Daytime Program

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0547
This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Explore the heart of Italy during the first millennium B.C. through a journey into the enigmatic world of the Etruscans. The people of Etruria, a land rich in metals, are known to us through their elaborate tombs and trade with the Greeks and Romans. With Etruscan writings completely untranslated, modern scholarship draws most of its knowledge of the civilization from archaeological deposits found in the area of cities including Florence and Pisa.

Although influenced in some ways by the Greeks and later integrated into the Roman state, the Etruscans have a style all their own, and we can learn much about their daily practices from artifacts and structures that have been recovered. Art historian Renee Gondek examines bronze and painted terracotta sculptures; frescoes, vases, and mirrors decorated with mythical and genre-related themes; and precious gold and ivory objects buried with the dead.

An exploration of the funerary cities of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, the religious sanctuary of Portonaccio dedicated to the gods Minerva and Apollo, and evidence of domestic architecture from both small-scale models and the ancient site Marzabotto add to a fuller portrait of this lesser-known culture.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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