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Etruscan Art and Architecture

Etruscan Art and Architecture

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will focus on the art and architecture of the Etruscans

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This lesson discusses the elements of Etruscan art and architecture, and looks at how these changed after the Roman Conquest.


Image of Reconstruction of Etruscan Temple, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Villa_Giulia_ricostruzione_del_tempio_etrusco_03.JPG; Image of Tomb of the Reliefs, Cerveteri, Photo by Alessandro Antonelli, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tomba_dei_rilievi_2.jpg; Image of Tomb of the Leopards, Tarquinia, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tarquinia_Tomb_of_the_Leopards.jpg; Image of Sarcophagus with Reclining Couple, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Etruscan_sarcophagus.jpg; Image of Capitoline Wolf, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:She-wolf_of_Rome.JPG; Image of Chimera of Arezzo, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chimera_d%27arezzo,_firenze,_09.JPG; Image of Sarcophagus of Lars Pulena, Photo by Robin Iversen Ronnlund, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sarcophagus_of_the_magistrate.jpg; Image of Aule Metele, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:L%27Arringatore.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Archaic Smile

    The stiff, unnaturalistic facial expression seen in many Archaic Kouros and Kore figures.

  • Low Relief

    A type of relief sculpture in which the three-dimensional element only extends from the wall surface a little bit.

  • Podium

    An elevated platform.

  • Ridgepole

    The ridged element at the top of Etruscan temples.

  • Sarcophagus

    A stone coffin, often decorated with sculpture.

  • Stucco

    A plaster used for coating wall surfaces.