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Speaker: Dr. Lisa Pieraccini, Lecturer and Visiting Scholar, History of Art and Classics Departments, UC Berkeley For centuries artists, archaeologists, scholars, and poets have been captivated by the images found on the painted walls of Etruscan tombs. These earliest examples of monumental painting in ancient Italy provide us with intimate details regarding daily life, funerary ritual, and the murky world of the afterlife. Historical narratives, landscapes, architectural motifs, “proto-portraits,” and the motif of the procession all have a place in Etruscan wall painting, although mainstream scholarship tends to see these as Greek and Roman inventions. What role did the Etruscans play in the development of wall painting in ancient Italy and is it possible to recognize innovations of Etruscan wall painting that may have contributed to the later artistic traditions of early Rome?