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ALPHA sets lecture on ancient bronzes

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity continues its series of lectures at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in room 102 of the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building on the Northern Illinois University campus. Founded in 1971, ALPHA is dedicated to the study of the archaeology, literature, philosophy, history and art of the ancient world.

Tereh Walkup, research associate in the Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will present “Fires of Etruria: Bronzes of the Ancient Etruscans.” She will survey the innovations of Etruscan bronzesmiths and their influence during and after the height of their civilization.

Living in a region rich in the mineral resources needed to make bronze, the Etruscans established a lively tradition of highly crafted bronzes in both large and small scale for the sumptuous needs of daily life and the afterlife. These bronzes were known throughout the Mediterranean and were imported to places as far north as Scotland. After Etruscan culture was subsumed by the Romans in the 6th century B.C., the tradition of bronze-making continued but shifted in its style.

The public is invited. The lecture is free.

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