Etruscan art

DEFINITION

Art of the people of ancient Tuscany, known as Etruria, it was established by 7th Century BC in the central part of Italy and ended about 3rd Century BC. During the 6th Century BC, Etruscans ruled Rome but by the 3rd Century BC they were under Roman domination. Funereal art found in the tombs of the Etruscans had happy expressions including the carved and painted daily-life scenes. Included in Etruscan art were murals, terra cotta figures, pottery, painted vases, ivory, gold jewelry and bronze. Some of the most remarkable surviving examples are in the tombs at the ancient Etruscan city of Tarquinia, and have scenes of religion, hunting, fishing and athletic contests. Sources: Ralph Mayer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques"; Kimberley Reynolds and Richard Seddon, "Illustrated Dictionary of Art Terms"; Julia M Ehresmann, "The Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms"

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