Etruscan Art

Definition

The art of the Etruscans, who flourished in central Italy between the 8th and 3rd century BCE, is renowned for its vitality and often vivid colouring. Wall paintings were especially vibrant and frequently capture scenes of Etruscans enjoying themselves at parties and banquets. Terracotta additions to buildings were another Etruscan speciality, as were carved bronze mirrors and fine figure sculpture in bronze and terracotta. Minor arts are perhaps best represented by intricate gold jewellery pieces and the distinctive black pottery known as bucchero whose shapes like the kantharos cup would inspire Greek potters.

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Timeline

  • 800 BCE
    Beginning of the Etruscan civilization in Italy.
  • 675 BCE
    First instances of Etruscan bucchero wares are found at Cerveteri.
  • c. 540 BCE - c. 530 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Bulls is constructed at Tarquinia.
  • 530 BCE - 520 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Lionesses is constructed at Tarquinia.
  • c. 510 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Baron is constructed at Tarquinia.
  • c. 510 BCE
    The Etruscan Portonaccio Temple is constructed at Veii.
  • c. 500 BCE - c. 400 BCE
    The Etruscan bronze statue known as the 'Chimera of Arezzo' is sculpted.
  • c. 480 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Bigas is constructed at Tarquinia.
  • c. 470 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Dead Man is constructed at Tarquinia.
  • 420 BCE - 400 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Blue Demons is constructed at Tarquinia.
  • c. 350 BCE
    The paintings of the Etruscan Francois Tomb at Vulci are created.
  • 325 BCE - 300 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Reliefs is constructed at Cerveteri.
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