The Etruscans dominated northern Italy from the 10th century B.C. until they were made part of the Roman Republic around the 2nd century B.C. A sophisticated society comprised of large cities, their own language, and extraordinarily free & powerful women, they are also considered among the most mysterious of civilizations. This is, in large part, because little survives other than inscriptions on tombs and temples and the stone artwork attendant to their funerary and religious traditions.
This ancient civilization is making a reappearance at two exhibits at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum ~ "From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures From Tuscany" and "New Light on the Etruscans: 15 Years of Excavation at Poggio Colla." The exhibits, showcasing over 300 artifacts, comprise the largest, most comprehensive gathering of Etruscan art ever presented in the United States. Many of the objects are on loan from the National Museum of Archaeology in Florence and have never been seen in this country. Dallas is very fortunate to be the only venue for these outstanding exhibits.
The Italian Club of Dallas is similarly fortunate that Dr. P. Gregory Warden, distinguished professor of art history at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, will present a lecture about the Etruscans and the exhibits at the ICD Clubhouse on Sunday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Warden, who was instrumental in bringing the treasures from the Florentine museum to Dallas, has co-directed the excavations at Poggio Colla for 15 years. The site, which is about 20 miles north of Florence, has been an important source for evidence of Etruscan life, and the Poggio Colla exhibit alone brings over 100 objects to Dallas for the first time.
Contact Mary Ann Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the lecture starting at 6:30 p.m. Antipasto will be provided, and cash bar will be available. Come learn about the great ancestors of Rome from someone who knows them well, and whet your appetite for two unique exhibits ~we look forward to seeing you at the Clubhouse on Sunday, March 8th!
This exhibition has been organized by the Meadows Museum in association with the Florence Archaeological Museum, Italy, the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Soprintendenza of Archaeology for Tuscany, and Centro Promozioni e Servizidi Arezzo. This exhibition has been funded by a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation.Read more »
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