Etruscan Women, Wine and Worth

A presentation by Lisa Pieraccini

Thursday, February 13 at 6:30pm
Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco

The Etruscans: Women, Wine and Worth
Etruscan women have held a special place in the ancient Mediterranean – having rights such as priesthoods, seats at banquets and the freedom to drink and toast as men do – they mark a striking difference to the women of Rome and Greece. What does the archaeological and iconographical evidence tell us about the women of Etruria? The tombs, the tomb paintings and luxury arts offer fascinating details about the role of women in Etruscan visual culture. 

About Lisa Pieraccini 

Lisa C. Pieraccini works on the art and archaeology of the first millennium BCE in Italy, with special emphasis on the Etruscans and early Romans. She lived in Italy for many years where she taught and conducted research in Rome and southern Etruria. Her interests include Etruscan craft connectivity, international trade, funerary art and ritual, and issues of identity. Dr. Pieraccini has published a variety of articles and chapters on aspects of Etruscan tomb painting, the Etruscan contextualization of Greek myth, the use, decor, and agency of cylinder stamped ware as well as the reception of Etruscan art from the 17th to 20th century.

Dr. Pieraccini is an elected member of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici in Florence. She has co-organized a number of international conferences in the US and Italy. She is author of Around the Hearth: Cylinder Stamped Braziers (2003, L’Erma di Bretschneider), editor of Pithoi Stampigliati: Una Classe Originale di Ceramica Etrusca (2010, L’Erma di Bretschneider), co-editor of the series Cities of the Etruscans (with Nancy de Grummond) published by Texas University Press and consulting editor of the journal Etruscan and Italic Studies. Before joining the History of Art Department, Dr. Pieraccini taught for the Classics Department and Italian Studies at UC Berkeley, Stanford University as well as Temple University in Rome.

Current projects include a co-edited volume on Material Connections, Artistic Exchange: The Case of Etruria and Anatolia (with Elizabeth Baughan) as well as a comprehensive study of the Etruscan collection at the Phoebe Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley. She is particularly interested in exploring the tomb biographies from the many intact tomb groups in the Hearst. These artifacts, which date from roughly 900 BCE all the way to the 2nd century BCE form an essential component of her UC Berkeley Collegium Grant research. Dr. Pieraccini is currently teaching a new course on this material in the Hearst Museum – shedding light on this understudied collection.

This event is created in collaboration with
The Museo Italo Americano
VERY Limited Admission
The event is free of charge for members of the LdVS and Museo Italo aMericano
$15 for non members to pay at the door