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Etruscan Italy: Life & Afterlife

Etruscan Painting

7:30 pm | 2/28/2020 | Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco | Until 4:00 pm | 2/29/2020

Lisa C. Pieraccini (UC Berkeley), Ingrid Edlund-Berry (University of Texas), Christopher Hallett (UC Berkeley), Alexandra A. Carpino (Northern Arizona University), panel moderated by George Hammond (Humanities West)

The Etruscans contributed to some of Western civilization’s greatest achievements in architecture, engineering, and art. A sophisticated and wealthy people living in central Italy between the 8th and 2nd centuries BCE, the Etruscans leave us much of their past through their material culture, namely: tombs, temples, habitation sites, and more. By the 7th century BCE they had established extensive trade routes throughout the Mediterranean and were avid importers of Greek and Near Eastern art. Though their literature has not survived, their artistic legacy lives on in their tomb paintings, bronze and clay sculpture, painted vases, and gold jewelry.

Friday, February 28, 2020  7:30-9:30pm

Etruscan Life and Afterlife Revisited /Lisa C. Pieraccini (History of Art, Ancient
History and Mediterranean Archaeology, UC Berkeley)

Performance: Etruscans at the Opera: Highlights from Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia / Introduced by Clifford (Kip) Cranna (Dramaturg Emeritus, San Francisco Opera), featuring Chantal Grybas (Lucretia), Eugene Brancoveanu (Tarquinius), Hope Briggs and Christopher Colmenero (Chorus), and Kevin Korth on piano

Saturday, February 29, 2020  10am-noon & 1:30-4pm

Etruscan Development of Organized Government and City-States /Ingrid Edlund-Berry (Archaeology, University of Texas)

The Etruscans in the Roman Imagination /Christopher Hallett (History of Art and Classics, UC Berkeley)

Quintessentially Etruscan: Art and Architecture from the Villanovan to the Etrusco-Roman Period /Alexandra A. Carpino (Art History, Northern Arizona University)

The Rediscovery of the Etruscans:A Retrospective /Lisa C. Pieraccini (History of Art, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, UC Berkeley)

Panel Discussion with the Presenters, moderated by George Hammond (Humanities West)

Tickets available at City Box Office.                                                                                   
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Presented with support from the George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation, Bank of the West, Hauben Charitable Fund, NWR Foundation, UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies, Stanford Humanities Center and History Department, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, RushTix, and individual donors.

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