Etruscan Painting. Problems and Perspectives


On the 20th anniversary since the discovery of the Tomb of the Infernal Quadriga, the Civic Archaeological Museum of Sarteano is organising "Etruscan Painting. Problems and Perspectives", an important scientific event organised with the sponsorship and support of the Fondazione Luigi Rovati.

In 2003, the acts of the Conference on Etruscan Painting held in Sarteano and Chiusi were published, and the aim is now to renew the discussion on this important aspect of ancient art. Leading international experts were invited to attend the meeting and present their most recent research on Etruscan painting.

During the day on Saturday 14 October 2023, university professors and representatives of the Ministry of Culture will discuss the latest studies on Tarquinia and the new Cerretan slabs, which have become an integral part of Italy's cultural heritage over the last ten years.


The initiative has received the patronage of the National Institute for Etruscan and Italic Studies and the financial support of the Fondazione Luigi Rovati. The Region of Tuscany and the Fondazione Musei Senesi also sponsored the initiative.




10.30 a.m.

Welcoming speech by Mayor FRANCESCO LANDI
and the Director of the Fondazione Musei Senesi ELISA BRUTTINI

11.00 a.m.

MAURIZIO HARARI, University of Pavia
The Red and the Blue. Beards, hair, epidermis in Etruscan (and other) painting

PAOLO BRUSCHETTI, Archaeological Superintendency of Umbria
Painted tombs in the Orvieto area

VINCENZO BELLELLI, Archaeological Park of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
On the stylistic and iconographic relationships between wall painting and vase painting

MARIA CRISTINA TOMASSETTI, Cerveteri and Tarquinia Archaeological Park
CHIARA ARRIGHI, Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Rieti, Frosinone and Latina
Planning, Planning and Drawing in the Tarquinian Mural Painting of the 4th Century B.C.


3.30 p.m.

ALESSANDRO NASO, University of Naples Federico Il
Painted architecture and figured subjects in archaic Etruscan wall painting: a review

DANIELE F. MARAS, Ministry of Culture
Myths, Rites and Performances: the Subjects of the New Painted Slabs in Cerveteri

GIULIO PAOLUCCI, Fondazione Luigi Rovati 
The Tomb of the Hunting Tomb in Chiusi: Paintings and Out



Saturday 14 October, 10.30 a.m.

Teatro Comunale degli Arrischianti, Sarteano

Free entrance by reservation at while capacity lasts