Music and dance in harmony with life

Ethe ephemeral and immaterial Etruscan dance and music are known to us through exceptional remains, especially the painted tombs of Tarquinia. Descend the stone steps that lead to the Triclinium Tomb, a square burial chamber carved into the rock and dating to 470 BC. AD and you’ll discover walls covered in paintings of dancers and musicians moving vividly. These figures appear to be heading towards the banquet scene that adorns the back wall. The eternal calm radiating from the banquettes contrasts with the commotion of the dancers immortalized on the side walls: bodies twist, some even seem incongruous, heads are violently thrown back or forward towards the body. The iconography of dance and music here refers to a ritual performance of an ecstatic type: the dancers were brought into a trance and state of ecstasy and collective communion by wine, music and dance.

Rhythm, movement and sensuality

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