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Author Steingräber, Stephan.

Title Abundance of life : Etruscan wall painting / Stephan Steingräber ; translated by Russell Stockman.

Published Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  751.7309375 STEI    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Pittura murale etrusca. English
Physical description 328 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps ; 34 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 316-321) and index.
Contents The history of Etruscan wall painting : style, workshops, chronology, iconography, and "ideology" -- The beginnings : the Etrusco-geometric (or early orientalizing) period (end of the eighth century-650 B.C.) -- Asian and Corinthian influences : the orientalizing period (650-575 B.C.) -- The first major flowering and the "Ionic koine" : the archaic period (575-480 B.C.) -- Between traditionalism and innovation : the sub-archaic and classical periods (480-400 B.C.) -- The great changes : the late classical period (400-330/320 B.C.) -- Final flowering and conclusion : the early and high Hellenistic period (330/320-end of the third/beginning of the second century B.C.) -- From Asia Minor to Magna Graecia, from Thrace to Alexandria : The "koine" and the place of Etruscan painting in the art of the ancient Mediterranean.
Summary "Since ancient Greek monumental painting has virtually disappeared, Etruscan wall paintings offer the most important examples of pre-Roman painting in the West. Only the frescoes of Pompeii are comparable in quantity, and as at Pompeii, Etruscan paintings can still be found in their original locations, in the house-shaped tombs of the rich at a handful of sites in what is now northern and central Italy." "This book traces the stylistic and iconographic evolution of Etruscan wall paintings over the span of five hundred years, and analyzes what they reveal about Etruscan daily life, religion, and funerary rites. The earliest paintings, with their colorful scenes of banquets, hunts, and athletic games, gave way, in the later tombs, to scenes that are darker in both color and content. Here Etruscan demons escort the dead on their perilous journey to Hades, while complex genealogies and magisterial insignia signify the assertion of political and social status." "The striking paintings in these "underground museums," beautifully reproduced on special paper that evokes the texture of the ancient walls, make it clear why the Etruscans have excited the imaginations of scholars and poets for centuries."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Mural painting and decoration, Etruscan.
Tombs -- Decoration -- Italy -- Etruria.
Standard Number 9780892368655
ISBN 0892368659 (hardcover)