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Etruscan Places: Travels through Tuscany with DH Lawrence lecture by Mr Michael Turner

Australia Decorative and Fine Arts Society Armidale
TAS Hoskins Centre, Armidale


Australia Decorative and Fine Arts Society Armidale presents Etruscan Places: Travels through Tuscany with DH Lawrence, a lecture by Mr Michael Turner

In April 1927, the author D.H. Lawrence set off from Rome, with his friend Earl Brewster, on a brief trip to the tombs and museums of the major Etruscan sites of Cerveteri, Tarquinia, Vulci and Volterra. He later described the trip in a series of essays, which were published posthumously in 1932 as Etruscan Places. The Etruscans fascinated Lawrence, he saw striking similarities with his own thoughts in their apparent ‘easy and earthy’ attitude to life, death and sex.

This talk uses Lawrence’s trip as the backdrop against which to set my own travels through Tuscany looking at these enigmatic people about whom we know so little yet who have left us some of the most beautiful and extraordinary art to have survived antiquity. 

Michael Turner is an antiquarian and art and garden historian. Since 2005 he has been Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney. He has appeared regularly on television and radio discussing everything from the emperor Hadrian, to Lady Emma Hamilton, to ghosts in the Nicholson Museum. He is a leading expert on the figured pottery of South Italy in the 4th century BC and on the Etruscans; both of which he has written about extensively. He is currently researching the gardens and Classical sculpture of 18th century England.

Contact: adfasarmidale@bigpond.com
Tickets: $25 at the door