Neck amphora with ibexes and snake
- Etruscan; Corinthian
- 6th century BCE
Unlike the hard, intellectual clarity of form seen in Greek pottery, Etruscan ceramics have a soft and romantic quality. The earth colors and matte textures of this amphora give the vase a sensuous, coloristic effect, although the motif of the animals grazing is derived from Greek prototypes. The crisp outline of the and strong light/dark contrasts of Greek vase paintings have been abandoned in favor of matte earth tones, textural hatching, and elongated line. The hard intellectual clarity of Greek design is replaced by a sensuous romanticism.
Anne Bromberg, DMA unpublished material, April 2001.
Anne Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art: Selected Works, (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1983), 103.