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Annual Lecture

The Cinelli Lecture Series

In tribute to the Foundation’s founder Count Ferdinando Cinelli and his wife Sarah, The Etruscan Foundation has established The Cinelli Lecture Series, a permanently endowed annual lecture series offered through the Archaeological Institute of America’s Lecture Program.

Current Lecture
2017-2018 Claire L. Lyons is Curator of Antiquities with the J. Paul Getty Museum and holds her degrees from Bowdoin College and Bryn Mawr College (MA and PhD). Her areas of specialization are the art and archaeology of pre-Roman Italy, Etruria and Magna Graecia, Greek vase painting, the rediscovery and reception of classical antiquity, 19th century photography, and cultural heritage policy. Awards received by Dr. Lyons include the AIA Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Lyons will present the seventeenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of Northern New Jersey (Montclair) entitled, Painting Etruscan Temples and Tombs on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Montclair State University, Montclair New Jersey.
Lecture Abstract
Etruscan tombs hold the greatest surviving corpus of ancient Mediterranean paintings before the Roman era. Beginning in the early 7th century B.C., subterranean walls became a virtual canvas for depicting banquets, dancing, athletic contests, and mythological monsters. The practice of decorating burial chambers in a vivid polychrome palette endured for nearly five hundred years.
Painting was not limited to the funerary sphere. Artists also produced individual plaques, which were affixed to the walls of temples and civic buildings to form extended narrative friezes. Together with sculpture and roof revetments, murals would have created an urban panorama of striking visual and symbolic power. Although the evidence for architectural panels is fragmentary, recent discoveries have expanded our knowledge of this monumental art considerably.
This lecture surveys the latest excavations and research on the art and science of painting, primarily at the site of Cerveteri in southern Etruria. Style and iconography reveal the role played by emigré artisans from East Greek workshops. Analysis can identify the techniques and materials they used. By combining the archaeological, artistic, and technical data, a more comprehensive appreciation of the Etruscans’ pictorial legacy is emerging.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader): Francesco Roncalli, “Painted Plaques,” in Nancy T. De Grummond and Lisa C. Pieraccini, Caere (2016) pp.233–39.
Stephan Steingräber, Abundance of Life. Etruscan Wall Painting, 2006.
For additional information contact the Northern New Jersey (Montclair) AIA Society at: rennert@mail.montclair.edu Or call Timothy Renner at: (973) 655-7420 for program time schedule and lecture location. Additional lecture information may be accessed at the Archaeological Institute of America website at: lecturers@aia.bu.edu or call (617) 358-4184 for AIA annual lecture program updates.


Past Lectures
2017-2018 Rex E. Wallace is Professor of Classics with the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present the sixteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of Cincinnati, Ohio entitled, The Etruscan Stele of Vicchio on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:00 PM in the Cincinnati Art Museum, Fath Auditorium, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
2016-2017 Nicola Terrenato, PhD, the Esther B. Van Deman Collegiate Professor of Roman Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan will present the fifteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania entitled, The Earliest Gateway of Rome: Recent work at Sant’Omobono in the Forum Boarium at 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Cathedral of Learning, Room 249, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
2015-2016 Erik Nielsen, President Emeritus, Franklin University, Lugano, Switzerland will present the fourteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of New York City, New York entitled, I Principi Etruschi di Murlo (The Etruscan Princes of Murlo) at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the “Casa” of the Friends of Italy (FAI), Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street , New York, NY 10011. Tel: (212) 998-8739.
2014-2015 Ili Nagy, PhD, Professor Emeritus from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington will present the thirteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society San Diego, California entitledVotive Terracottas in ther Archaeological Context: the Case of Cerveteri at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 13, 2015 at San Diego State University, SD State Arts & Letters Building, Room 101, San Diego, California 92115.
2013-2014 Lisa Pieraccini, PhD, The History of Art Department’s Visiting Scholar in Ancient Art at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California will present the twelfth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society Milwaukee, Wisconsin entitles The Ever Elusive Etruscan Egg on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sabin Hall / Room G90, 3413 North Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2012-2013 Alexandra Ann Carpino, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona will present the eleventh lecture program for the Archaeological Institute of America’s Society Nashville, Tennessee entitled Etruscan Faces: From the Symbolic to the Real on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Nashville Parthenon, 250 25th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203.
2011-2012 David Soren, Regents Professor of Anthropology and Classics at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona will present the tenth lecture program for the Central Arizona Chapter of the AIA Society entitled The Mysterious Sacred Spring of the Emperor Augustus on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM. The lecture will be held in Neeb Hall (room 105), 920 South Forest Mall, Arizona State University (Tempe Campus), Tempe, Arizona.
2010-2011 Dr. Francesco de Angelis, Associate Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology with the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia, University, New York will present the ninth lecture program for the Washington Society AIA entitled Myths and Social Life in Etruscan Tombs: The Hellenistic Urns from Chiusi on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM at Maggiano’s, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
2009-2010 Dr. Giovannangelo Camporeale, Presidente dell’Istituto di Studi Etruschi e Italici, of Florence, Italy will present the eighth lecture program for the Los Angeles, California AIA Society entitled Narrative, Myth, Society in the Early Etruscan Culture on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.The lecture will be free of charge to the public but a ticket must be obtained in advance to access the lecture program. Tickets are available either by phone (310) 440-7300 or via the Getty web site at: www.getty.edu/visit
2008-2009 Professor Nancy T. de Grummond of Florida State University presented the seventh lecture program for the Rochester, New York AIA Society entitledLooking at Divination: Themes of Prophecy in Etruscan, Greek and Roman Art on April 16, 2009 at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
2007-2008 Professor Jocelyn Penny Small of Rutgers University presented the sixth lecture program for the Dallas, Texas AIA Society entitled The Art of Etruscan Art on February 19, 2008 at the Meadows Museum, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
2006-2007 Professor Richard De Puma of the University of Iowa presented the fifth lecture program for the Cleveland, Ohio AIA Society entitled Etruscan Goldon March 14, 2007 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio.
2005-2006 Professor P. Gregory Warden of Southern Methodist University presented the fourth lecture program for the Washington, DC AIA Society entitled Cult, continuity and cultural identity at the Etruscan settlement of Poggio Colla (Florence) on October 10, 2005 at the American University Faculty Club in Washington, D.C.
2004-2005 Professor Anthony Tuck of Tufts University presented the third lecture program for the Boston, Massachusetts AIA Society entitled The Singing Rugon March 18, 2005 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
2003-2004 Professor Helen Nagy of the University of Puget Sound presented the second lecture program for the Madison, Wisconsin AIA Society entitled Etruscan Demons of the Underworld on October 28, 2003.
2002-2003 Professor Richard De Puma of the University of Iowa presented the inaugural lecture program of the Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology for the Detroit, Michigan AIA Society entitled The Forgeries of Etruscan Art on April 10, 2003.

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