An Etruscan affair : the impact of early Etruscan discoveries on European culture / edited by Judith Swaddling.
Contributor(s): Swaddling, Judith [editor.].Material type: BookSeries: Research publication (British Museum): 211.Publisher: London : British Museum Press, Description: , 203 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780861592111; 0861592115.Subject(s): Civilization -- Etruscan influences | Europe -- Civilization -- Etruscan influences
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
George Dennis: in and out of Etruria / Tom Rasmussen -- The Etruscan Academy of Cortona: its role in establishing modern archaeology and the preservation of cultural heritage / Paolo Bruschetti -- The re-use of Etruscan artefacts from antiquity to the nineteenth century / Giovannangelo Camporeale -- Exhibiting the Etruscans in Bloomsbury and Pall Mall / Judith Swaddling -- Following the Greeks 'at a respectful distance': Etruscan objects in Charles Townley's collection / Dirk Booms -- Making copies of Etruscan paintings: the history of the Facsimile Gallery in Florence / Susanna Sarti -- Glyptomania: the study, collection, reproduction and re-use of Etruscan engraved gems in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries / Ulf R. Hansson -- 'Non restando sopra il letto, che il segno di quanto avevo veduto': Etruscan skeletons on display in the nineteenth century / Laurent Haumesser -- Nascent modern Etruscology and its roots in Roman antiquarianism at the turn of the seventeenth century / Bruno Gialluca -- The curious case of Castellina in Chianti and evidence for the reception of Etruscan culture in sixteenth-century Europe / Nancy T. de Grummond -- A Tuscan forger, cotton mather and the Salem Witch Trials, 1693 / Ingrid Rowland -- Becoming Augustus or Porsenna? The ambiguities of Ferdinando de'Medici's garden at Rome / Vincent Jolivet -- Piranesi's Carceri and eighteenth-century reflection in Venice on the Etruscans' contribution to architecture / Lola Kantor-Kazovsky -- Collecting Etruscan antiquities in the seventeenth century: the evidence and legacy of the Chigi Collection in Formello / Iefke van Kampen -- The ideal of the Etruscans in the Italian Risorgimento: the evidence of the collection of the Counts Faina / Giuseppe M. Della Fina -- James Byres: a note on Catholicism, Jacobitism and the Etruscans / Peter Davidson -- The 'Etruscan' impact on Wedgwood: a misattribution / Nancy Hirschland Ramage -- An Egyptian tomb, and Etruscan inscription and the funerary monument of an American Civil War officer / Lisa C. Pieraccini.
This fascinating new publication considers how the discovery of Etruscan artefacts have inspired artists, architects, nobility, scholars and travellers to Italy from the 16th through to the 20th century, from Ferdinando de' Medici to Piranesi and Federico Fellini. Subjects include the reclaiming of Etruscan identity and its influence on Italian political history, the collecting and reproduction of Etruscan artefacts as well as new insights into the lives and activities of early British Etruscologists and their publications of sites and the rich and exciting artefacts found there. Other papers look at Etruscan concepts in jewellery, gems and pottery. Whilst the influence of the Etruscans on European culture may not be altogether surprising, the volume provides evidence of how knowledge of the Etruscan civilisation spread to the United States of America, including the tomb of a Civil War officer that was inscribed with an intriguing Etruscan-like inscription. The volume vividly shows the impact that Etruscan discoveries have had on the public imagination, in particular the Campanari display of reconstructed Etruscan tombs staged in Pall Mall in 1837, which was the first archaeological 'blockbuster' exhibition of its kind. The British Museum acquired much of the material in this exhibition, and in fact the excavation of Etruscan tombs with their stunning wall-paintings was to have a vital impact on displays in the major museums of Europe. That said, some Etruscan material was among Sir Hans Sloane's collection, the founding collection of the British Museum, and it has been on display since the Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1759.