Etruscans | Necropolises and extraordinary art

Today, anyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of the Etruscans in Tuscany will find an infinite number of clues and legacies that continue to characterize towns, villages and museums.


Above all, the necropolises offer a rich insight into Etruscan culture and society. The necropolises consisted of various burial mounds, called tumuli, some of which were heaped up with earth and some of which were masonry. The masonry ones contained various burial chambers whose wall paintings are impressive testimonies of Etruscan culture. The preserved colorfulness is surprising and the paintings give rich testimony of everyday and social life.


The frescoes of the early period, between 530 and 460 B.C., are especially cheerful, lively and varied. Later on, the perception obviously changes and instead of lively representations of everyday life, processions of the dead take place. These have at the same time documentary character, because meticulously are listed both the names of the deceased and those who followed in the procession. In addition to the frescoes, the extensive grave goods also provide highly interesting insights into this culture and bring it back to life over 2,000 years later.


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