Etruscan Art

Etruscan Art

Etruscan Art

Etruscan Art

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Never before has Etruscan art enjoyed its present-day popularity. Heretofore the general public, and even some museum curators, had little interest in the vast collections of works of art from ancient Etruria, and many valuable objects were relegated to the dark corners of cabinets or placed in storerooms. Today all this has changed. Etruscan art occupies a place of unquestioned importance among the arts of Antiquity. Its astonishing development in Tuscany nearly two thousand years before the Renaissance is no longer known only to scholars, but has fascinated critics and many others interested in art.

There are many reasons for this new trend, but undoubtedly it is due mainly to a change in taste and an awareness of new esthetic values. Classic art with its supreme harmony of line, form and color no longer dominates the critical judgment of the spectator, and he now finds himself intrigued by the exotic or by the violence of primitive art. The strong sympathy for primitive people in remote lands has focused attention on objects whose artistic concepts are far removed from the standards decreed by Greek art in the age of Pericles and Phidias. This does not mean that Classic art has been assigned a secondary place through this broadening of interests. Those who are captivated by the ideal proportions and incomparable refine . . .

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