Etruscan Colors

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Etruscan Colors


From 11 July 2019 al 2 February 2020 at the Montemartini a moving celebration of Etruscan painting thanks to the extraordinary collection of figurative wall plates and precious architectural fragments, many unpublished, from ancient Caere, the current Cerveteri.

The findings and the genesis of the exhibition

The fruit of the action of recovery by the Protection Unit of the Carabinieri Cultural Heritage, that in 2016 They have recovered Geneva a significant amount of artifacts illegally removed from Italy, including the slabs and architectural fragments with Roman statues and vases of Magna Grecia, then he allowed an intensive study and restoration by the SABAP (Archeological Fine Art and Landscape), it was possible to trace the origin of numerous fragments.

important job since the finds had been found accumulated shattered in crates without any order or direction. At the recovery it has followed a major cultural cooperation agreement between the Mibac and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, which resulted in the return to Italy from Denmark of numerous other similar fragments of Etruscan painted plates to those found in Geneva. Hence the very great opportunity for a thorough study of the finds dated in a very detailed period, between 530 and the 480 a.C., who sees already in 2018 an exhibition and an international conference in Santa Severa Castle, followed today by the Roman exhibition with the presentation of new results of the research carried out so far.

The exhibition

In the former thermal power plant, first public facility of the city dating back to 1912, now a museum in the late nineties, it always generates a feeling of surprise and particular involvement that arises from the transcendental time dialogue between the ancient art masterpieces, exposure permanent, and modern settings of the engine room or boilers and steam turbines. And the number of successive temporary exhibitions seems to renew every time this original mix, come, the rest, it fascinating exhibition shows.


The path divides rich and the terracotta painted themes and types, and so we find the myths, with the labors of Hercules, warriors, athletes, Dance, different contexts, with the aim of transmitting more accurate and comprehensive as possible. The happy idea of ​​supporting the comparative materials, in many cases unpublished, as for example the Attic vases with black and red figures of the Castellani collection of the Capitoline Museums normally not exposed to the public, further help the visitor to enter with greater awareness in the history of the ancient Caere at a time when it was "The most prosperous and populated Etruria" in the words of the historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus.

The alternation of the extraordinary selection of wall panels and architectural fragments with the artworks, It generates an effect of unexpected wonder, bringing out the big processing behind staging skillfully taken care of. So the fascinating history of Etruscan painting flowers with force Eracle, of Perseo or Gorgons a dance that seduces.


To note a section entirely dedicated to the operations Carabinieri Cultural Heritage, for fifty years of its establishment, in which you can understand what the importance of this institution and what was decisive action against illegal trafficking of works of art made so far.


clean yes Alfonsina Russo, Claudio Parisi Presicce, Leonardo Bochicchio, Federico Daniel Maras e Rossella Zaccagnini, It is promoted by Rome capital city, Department of Cultural Growth - Capitolina Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and the SABAP, under the patronage of the Lazio Region. As proof of the consistency of the different areas in this ambitious project they have found a propitious meeting.


Info, Time and Costs

Etruscan Colors

From 11 July 2019 al 2 February 2020, Montemartini Viale Ostiense 106

Schedule: From Tuesday to Sunday h 9-19, 24 e 31 december h 9-14. Closed Monday, 25 December and 1 January.

Ticket: Adults € 11, Reduced € 10 (It also includes the exhibition 110 light years. ACEA is Rome. Between passion and innovation)

Free entry to the museum with the MIC card, sold in museums and online at

Info: 060608 (Every day h 9-19), email