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Etruscan Art (World of Art)by Nigel Jonath Spivey
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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.
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The Etruscans dominated Central Italy for 800 years, until their civilization was eclipsed and absorbed by the power of Rome in the fourth and third centuries BC. This is the first critical survey of their tombs, jewelry and sculpture, metalwork, and painted vases for more than 20 years, bringing the Etruscan world to life in light of recent discoveries and scholarship. Contains 186 photos, 37 in colOR (booknews.com) Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A critical survey which attempts to bring to life the enigmatic Etruscan people and their art. Archaeological evidence survives of this cultured and socially adept civilization with the emergence of richly frescoed tombs, exquisite jewelry and sculpture, metalwork and painted vases.
Recent discoveries and new scholarship bring the Etruscan world vividly to life.
The most powerful force in central Italy until Roman unification, the Etruscan civilization continues to fire the imagination. In this new book, the first survey of its kind in more than 20 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 these mysterious people. 200 illustrations, 35 in color.
About the Author
Nigel Jonathan Spivey is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include Etruscan Art, Enduring Creation and the prize-winning Understanding Greek Sculpture.
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