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Etruscan art / Nigel Spivey.

By: Spivey, Nigel Jonathan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: World of art: Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson, 1997Description: 216 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0500203040.Subject(s): Art, Etruscan
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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.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-206) and index.


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Spivey (Cambridge Univ.), an iconoclastic Etruscologist, has provided a popular account of the history of Etruscan art from the eighth to the first century BCE in Italy. His lively prose and debunking zeal are directed toward the demystification of the Etruscans, a literate people without an extant literature, who have been romanticized by German and English writers (e.g., D.H. Lawrence's Etruscan Places). Spivey synthesizes the extensive archaeological record, beginning with the emergence of Etruscan material culture in the so-called Villanovan sites, the subsequent rise of towns, the establishment of commercial and artistic connections with the Eastern Mediterranean, the Greeks, and beyond the Alps; he then assesses the erratic Hellenization of Etruscan culture, centered in cities such as Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Marzabotto, and Vulci. He traces the gradual transition from Etruscan Rome to Romanized Etruria in the Late Republic, suggesting the complex process of absorption and interaction. Spivey concludes with a critique of the historiographical tradition, which generated fantasies about Etruscan life based on tomb paintings and misunderstood the Greek origin of thousands of painted vases found in Etruscan tombs. Now, the profitable modern industry of tomb-robbing, active in Tuscany and northern Latium, further complicates, and obscures, the Etruscan past. General; undergraduate. R. Brilliant Columbia University