What do we know about the Etruscans? Apart from the fact that they predated Romulus and Remus on the Italian peninsula, not a great deal. But we do know about their funeral monuments, through which 20th century archaeologists have begun to get interested in this enigmatic civilisation that coexisted with prestigious ancient Greece.
The Musée Maillol is attempting to add to our knowledge of this mysterious people, whom the history books cover in a few lines as a negligible introduction to the history of Rome and the origins of European civilisation. Religion, crafts, writing, sport, arts, lifestyle, home life: through 250 pieces from the great cities of the era, this exhibition uncovers a ‘gay and cosmopolitan’ community that profoundly shaped Roman civilisation.