Etruscan Collection from British Museum On Loan for Exhibit in Cortona


Paintings, drawings, archaeological finds, documents and objects make up the exhibit “Seduzione etrusca. Dai segreti di Holkham Hall alle meraviglie del British Museum,” (Etruscan Charm. From the secrets of Holkham Hall to the wonders of the British Museum), which opened last week in the Tuscan town of Cortona.

Collections are on loan from the British Museum and from the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk, England, and include prized Etruscan works and original designs from Thomas Dempster's book De Etruria Regali.

The exposition recalls the climate in which Etruscology was born, retracing the art-collecting adventures of English Lord Thomas Coke, who funded publications exploring Etruscan history.

On view to the public are 40 masterpieces from the British Museum, such as the “Arringatore” and the “Putto Graziani,” important symbols of the Etruscans. All items are from central Etruria, meaning the current-day Italian towns of Prato, Lake Idoli del Falterona, Arezzo, Perugia, Cortona, Chiusi, Orvieto, Sartiano, Bolsena and Vulci.

For detailed information about the exhibition, click here.