"Massimo Campigli and the Etruscans. A pagan happiness"
Presentation of the undisclosed archaeological find
Wednesday 20 October - 3 pm
Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la provincia di Viterbo e l'Etruria Meridionale presents for the first time the Etruscan Traveler: a precious fragment of a terracotta plate from the end of the VI - beginning of the V century B.C. just returned to Italy. The work thus enriches the already substantial and precious selection of about fifty artifacts that are placed side by side with the selected canvases on display at the exhibition "Massimo Campigli and the Etruscans. A pagan happiness", extended until 16 January 2022.
The fragment (about 28.6 cm high) depicts the profile of a young man with long red hair, characterized by an elaborate hairstyle, with a traveler's brim hat, and a sinuous cane. The panel was purchased by the Luigi Rovati Foundation at Christie's auction house in New York - with the aim of completing the known selection of figured wall panels from Cerveteri already in possession of the Italian State - and given to the Ministry of Culture.
The undisclosed archaeological find will make its official debut on Wednesday 20 October 2021 when it will be presented in a conference held by the Superintendent Margherita Eichberg, by the archaeologist Daniele Federico Maras in dialogue with Lucio Rovati, President of the Luigi Rovati Foundation, Martina Corgnati, who has provided an important scientific contribution to the exhibition, Gherardo Ortalli, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, and Alessia Calarota, Duputy Chairman of ACP - Palazzo Franchetti.