"Sarcophagus of the Spouses," Etruscan, Cerveteri (Caere), Banditaccia necropolis, ca. 520–510 BC. Terracotta with polychrome, H 1.11 x W 1.94 m. Cp 5194, Musée du Louvre, Paris
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Richard De Puma, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Classical Art and Archaeology, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa
This lecture examines the 19th-century discovery and exhibition history of the famous Louvre terracotta sarcophagus, which inspired a number of other major museums to collect related works and sometimes impressive forgeries. The lecture explains how such errors of judgment were made by expert connoisseurs and points out the mistakes made by forgers.