For centuries, artists, archaeologists, scholars, and poets have been captivated by the images found on the painted walls of Etruscan tombs. These earliest examples of monumental painting in ancient Italy provide us with intimate details regarding daily life, funerary ritual and the murky world of the afterlife. Historical narratives, landscapes, architectural motifs, “proto-portraits,” and the motif of the procession all have a place in Etruscan wall painting, although mainstream scholarship tends to see these as Greek and Roman inventions. What role did the Etruscans play in the development of wall painting in ancient Italy and is it possible to recognize innovations of Etruscan wall painting that may have contributed to the later artistic traditions of early Rome?
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
Insights and Innovations: Etruscan Wall Painting
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Dr. Lisa Pieraccini
Free / AAC members; General / $5 suggested donation