Etruscans: Eminent Women, Powerful Men

14 October 2011 until 18 March 2012

Exhibition 'Etruscans'Exhibition 'Etruscans'
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A unique and dazzling double exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden and the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam about the intriguing world of the Etruscans, with many highlights from the collections of leading Italian museums. On display from 14 October 2011 to 18 March 2012.

A highly developed, liberated society

Long before the Romans, some 3,000 years ago, the Etruscans ruled central Italy. Their cultural influence was profound, their precious artefacts and works of art were unprecedented in their beauty, and their faith in the afterlife was unbounded. They were also a surprisingly liberated society. In many respects, Etruscan women were equal in status to men.

Etruscans: riches, religion, power, and splendour

In this two-part event, the Allard Pierson Museum and the National Museum of Antiquities tell the intriguing story of the Etruscans: their riches, their religion, their power, and their splendour. Each museum approaches this theme from a different angle. In Leiden, the Etruscan women take centre stage, and in Amsterdam the men, with hundreds of masterpieces from the collections of the two museums and an international range of institutions.

More than 600 museum pieces

Against an alluring backdrop of Tuscan landscapes and colourful Etruscan frescoes, visitors will find more than 600 museum pieces, including eye-catching golden jewellery, bronze weapons, sculptures of gods and goddesses, and lavishly decorated pottery. Many of these rare and precious objects were found in richly stocked burial chambers; for this exhibition, a spectacular three-dimensional reconstruction has been made of these renowned tombs of Etruscan princes and princesses. You will also see models and reconstructions of temple and palace roofs on which impressive terracotta sculptures once stood.

Surcharge €3
For the duration of the exhibition Etruscans (14 October 2011 to 18 March 2012), there will be a surcharge of €3 for all visitors to the two museums, in addition to standard admission rates. You need only pay this surcharge at one museum. If you present your ticket for the first exhibition when you visit the second museum, then you will not have to pay the surcharge again.