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Etruscan tomb painting and Etruscan art

in The Etruscans

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199547913
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779817 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.003.0007

Series: Very Short Introductions

Etruscan tomb painting and Etruscan art

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‘Etruscan tomb painting and Etruscan art’ considers the particular Etruscan artistic style and asks whether it should be considered as a local phenomenon. What can be said about the production of Etruscan art? What role did art have for the Etruscans? Was it merely decorative or was there a wider purpose? The main fascination of Etruscan art lies in the fact that it is clearly indebted to Greek originals. However, it is also capable of great independence. Some have criticized it for being a second-rate imitation, unable to reach the heights of the Greeks. This interpretation assumes that the Etruscans were seeking to emulate the Greek style. Evidence suggests that they had different aims.

Keywords: Etruscans; painting; sarcophagus; tomb; Trojan War; Troy

Chapter.  2754 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE) ; Classical History ; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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