Etruscan tomb painting of dancers

Etruscan painting of dancers

What is of particular interest is the use made of folds and drapery to give a sense of rhythm and movement as well as form. This device was a Greek invention obviously well learned by the Etruscan painter of this scene. At least in my mind, the regularly placed tree acts as a drum beat providing rhythm to the entire painting. The bird by the flute player on the left gives pitch to the music of the instrument.

As with other Etruscan frescoes of this type it is interesting to note the presence of a draped sash on one of the trees. This sash could be identified with the sash often worn by Etruscan men or indeed with that of Venus which reputedly bestowed beauty on its wearer.

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