Etruscan Museum "Claudio Faina", Orvieto

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  • Very valuable collection of finds of Etruscan art due to the passion of count Claudio Faina who later donated it to the entire city of Orvieto and that I was able to visit, together with my lady, just in the past few days. Contains testimonials of life sacred and ancient town of Velzna (the Etruscan name of Orvieto) with objects from the many shrines and temples (only one of which, the Belvedere, near the art school, preserved in part) and that make us realize how high was the standard of living in this corner of the world. Precious the statuette of Venus from the nearby shrine of Cannicella and dated to 530-520 BC. CR. (see photo), as well as a tiny votive head (see photo) that I have recommended to the Museum's overseers to ask (like the one next door) on support to better show the thoroughness of the details that make it really a piece of great artistic value. Numerous finds from the Temple of Belvedere, which clay antefixes with slight signs of chromatic aberration that you can still catch a glimpse and a gorgoneion fine workmanship. Always from the same place come two bronze statuettes, votive, always dancing maenad of the middle of the 5th century BC. Christ and Minerva in the second half of the 4th century BC. From the dungeons of the transept of the Cathedral CR. comes an altar with an inscription TINIA TI or a reference to the highest divinity tuscia in its burial chamber of the late 5th, early 4th century BC. CR. with regard to the Roman period there is a very interesting collection of coins, Numismatic enthusiasts an authentic mine to update their knowledge, with silver Denarii minted in the year of birth of Julius Caesar, the 102 av. CR. (and not the 100, conventional date located on many textbooks, because both the 102 is explanation a bit long to do and not-however-in this context) and coins, silver of the time of the Gracchi av 133-121. CR. (remember Cornelia, their mother? haec sunt ornamenta mea ... by plutarchiana memory) and other deniers of the era of the dictatorship sillana av 82-79. CR. a year of the death of the dictator, struck the 78 av. CR. In the glass case containing the coins of the Imperial period, there is a small inaccuracy, when you view a coin 32-31 av. CR. citing the name of Augustus: at that time was still called Octavian and the name Augustus = Divine, he was assigned only in 27 av. CR. following a proposal in the Senate by Munatius Plancus. Returning to the mysterious Etruscans, the icon of the Museum is certainly the funerary cippus with head of a Warrior (see photo) from the necropolis of Crocefisso del Tufo, where was found along with other finds in excavation of 1880 and which also preserves a little notebook where you read perfectly the records of those who dug on that occasion. The sculpture dated to 530-520 BC. CR. shows us the level reached by the Etruscans in the works in stone, in this case the trachyte and also features the inscription with the name of the character depicted Larth Cupures, son of Aranth and there is probably a reference to the stage which the Greeks called ANODOS namely a possible rebirth ... maybe it was really ... who has loved ones to want to revisit in life? Worthy of note also the stele of the Warrior, the necropolis of Cannicella, discovered in 1880 and dating back to the last decades of the 6th century BC. CR. as also a foculus (Brazier) (Brazier for religious rituals) bronze with hippocampi, early 5th century BC. CR. and a crater of 330-320 av. CR. Vanth group where you see the Etruscan deities accompany in Hades a defunct having in hand the scroll on which is written (perhaps) just the name of the woman died. Lastly, with regard to medieval art, I want to point out a Headless Statue of Pope Boniface VIII sitting which was destroyed by the Vandals in the aftermath of the fall of the Papal States in the 1870s.
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  • Local artefacts from the Etruscans forward including sculpture, pottery and coinage. Should not be missed.  more »
  • Excellent and interesting exhibition,doesn't seem to be heavily visited but should be to see this huge family collection of coins and artifacts.  more »
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  • Archaeological Museum located in the building in front of the Cathedral. Interesting collection of Etruscan artifacts. On the ground floor (museo civico) you can admire the Venus of Cannicella. Rich collection of coins of different eras on the first floor. Exposes many Etruscan and Greek vases, noting three pitchers work of Exekias. Praiseworthy commitment on the curriculum to bring kids, through an appropriate interactive experience, history of the Etruscans. Suitable for school groups.
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  • Interesting for both Etruscans and Greek vase collection. Improved the educational part.
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  • beautiful Museum with a sand collection of Etruscan
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  • Small and well-organized museum, gives a good picture of the period.
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