“Etruscan Seduction” at the Palazzo Casali in Cortona, March 22-July 31, 2014


Etruscan Seduction

The MAEC (Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the City of Cortona) presents Seduzione Etrusca: dai segreti di Holkham Hall alle meraviglie del British Museum (Etruscan Seduction: From the Secrets of Holkham Hall to the Marvels of the British Museum). The exhibition attempts to construct through paintings, drawings, archaeological artifacts, documents and other objects, the birth of Etruscan studies in the 1700’s.



At the center of the exhibition is the British passion for the Etruscan civilization, well represented by Lord Thomas Coke, founder of Holkham Hall and avid collector and financier in 1726 of De Etruria Regali Libri VII by Thomas Dempster. This volume, with its more than 90 images of Etruscan works, spurred interest and research into the Etruscan culture and the formation of the Etruscan Academy in Cortona.

A very special exhibition opportunity has been arranged for SACI’s first MFA students in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della città di Cortona (MAEC), which will feature artifacts from Holckam Hall and the British Museum. SACI’s MFA students will work on a multimedia project entitled Within Alterity: Encounters with a Population, a Collection, a Territory. The project will be based on their engagement with the museum and its Etruscan collection, the people of Cortona, and the surrounding region where many Etruscan sites are located. It will culminate in an exhibition of the MFA students’ artworks, inspired by their exposure to Etruscan culture, which will be held at MAEC throughout the spring and summer and sponsored by the US Consulate in Florence. This opportunity was made possible through the efforts of MFA instructors Karen Yurkovich and Daria Filardo and by the support of MAEC Director Paolo Giulierini. Stay informed from the SACI Art Blog about the SACI MFA student exhibition opening on April 24, 2014.

“. . . as inseparable as life and death, even now, on the sunny, green-filled April morning with the breeze blowing in from the sea. And the land beyond seems as mysterious and fresh as if were still the morning of Time.” David Herbert Lawrence


Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona (MAEC)
Piazza Signorelli 9, Cortona (AR) – ITAY

T. 0575 630415 – 637235

How to get there

Tickets & Reservations
General € 12
Reduced € 9 (group, families, etc.)

General €13
Reduced € 9

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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