Etruscan Art (World of Art)

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203040
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Map 6
Introduction: Etruria and the Limits of Demystification 7
Ch. 1 The Emergence of Etruscan Culture 25
Ch. 2 Etruria and the Orient 40
Ch. 3 Etruria Hellenized 53
Ch. 4 The Etruscan Cities as Centres of Art 81
Ch. 5 From Etruscan Rome to Roman Etruria 149
Ch. 6 The Etruscan Legacy 183
Timeline 200
Chronology 201
Bibliography and Sources 203
List of Illustrations 207
Index 213
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