June 15, 2012 ─ In this exclusive world premiere exhibition, The Etruscans – An Ancient Italian Civilization at the Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History features a fascinating civilization of Antiquity that figured prominently in the evolution of humanity and modern Mediterranean cultures.
The Etruscan civilization is said to have developed in Italy, mainly in the region of Tuscany, over the course of nearly ten centuries from the 9th to the 1st century B.C., yet their origins remain largely a mystery. What is clear, however, is their profound influence on religion, Roman institutions, and architecture.
A festive and joyful people, the Etruscans founded rich and powerful cities; they were at the crossroads of Mediterranean trade with the Greeks and the Egyptians until they were conquered by the Romans, who had themselves been led by Etruscan kings before.
Featuring extraordinary pieces from important international collections of over a dozen museums, including the Vatican Museum, Villa Giulia in Rome, the Florence Archaeological Museum, the British Museum and the Louvre, this exhibition showcases the aesthetic beauty and inherent joy of a civilization that prioritized nature, love and life. Some 200 artefacts of priceless historical value and remarkable significance ranging from jewellery to vases and amphorae to figurines to large murals and architectural elements reveal the many captivating facets of this vital civilization and its enormous contribution to Western society.
The Etruscans – An Ancient Italian Civilization runs from June 20 to November 25, 2012 at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History.