Etruscan Art (World of Art)

Etruscan Art (World of Art)

by Nigel Jonathan Spivey, Nigel Spivey
     
 

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Recent discoveries and new scholarship bring the Etruscan world vividly to life.
The Etruscans were the most powerful force in central Italy until Roman unification of the peninsula. Vestiges of their art, architecture, and unique language have long intrigued scholars, and the search for this mysterious civilization continues to fire the imagination. Despite a

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Recent discoveries and new scholarship bring the Etruscan world vividly to life.
The Etruscans were the most powerful force in central Italy until Roman unification of the peninsula. Vestiges of their art, architecture, and unique language have long intrigued scholars, and the search for this mysterious civilization continues to fire the imagination. Despite a history of pillage, rich archaeological evidence survives: thousands of tombs, many of them frescoed and filled with vases, sculpture, jewelry, and metalwork; and the mysterious Etruscan sites that are places of tourist pilgrimage, such as Cerveteri, Vulci, and Tarquinia. In this new book, the first survey of its kind in more than twenty years, Nigel Spivey brings the Etruscan world to life, illuminating the social, political, and cultural context of the art objects and artifacts that remain the singular achievement of the Etruscans.

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The Etruscans dominated Central Italy for 800 years, until their civilization was eclipsed and absorbed by the power of Rome in the fourth and third centuries BC. This is the first critical survey of their tombs, jewelry and sculpture, metalwork, and painted vases for more than 20 years, bringing the Etruscan world to life in light of recent discoveries and scholarship. Contains 186 photos, 37 in color. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500203040
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
World of Art Series
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
908,149
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Nigel Jonathan Spivey is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include Etruscan Art, Enduring Creation and the prize-winning Understanding Greek Sculpture.

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