THE ART OF THE ETRUSCANS by Shirley Glubok

THE ART OF THE ETRUSCANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What makes Etruscan art different from other art, why make a book about it? Youngsters, who presumably don't know, won't find out in these pages, the closest this series has come to a random assortment of artifacts. ""Etruscan art very often looks Greek;"" some of it is ""in the style of the period known as Archaic""--without explanation, statements like this are meaningless and sometimes misleading. Descriptions of painting frescoes, casting solid bronze figures, and firing pottery supply a little solid information, but most of the text is informal commentary on the plates--a little iconography here, a little interpretation there. This approach works all right when kids are clustered around the object; here, without any preparation and with an art as offbeat as the Etruscan, it may seem like a lot of loose talk about a lot of queer characters.

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1967
Publisher: Harper & Row