Collections OnlineGregorian Etruscan MuseumRooms XVII and XVIII

Corinthian olpe , 630-615 BC, cat. 16334

Corinthian oinochoe, circa 570-550 BC, cat. 16439

Laconic kylix with Prometheus and Atlas, 560-550 BC, cat. 16592

Attic kylix with black figures by the Painter of Phrynos, circa 560 BC, cat. 16596

Attic amphora with black figures signed by the potter Nikosthenes, from Cerveteri, circa 530-510 BC, cat. 17716

Attic amphora with black figures by the Painter of the Vatican 365, from Cerveteri, mid 6th cent. BC, circa, cat. 16445

Pelike with black figures, late 6th cent. BC, cat. 16518

Virtual Visit of Room XVII

Virtual Visit of Room XVIII

These are the first rooms housing the Collection of Vases, which mainly includes the painted vases discovered during the nineteenth century excavations of the Etruscan necropolises. Until the early nineteenth century, the painted Greek vases were considered of Etruscan manufacture and it was precisely during the tumultuous nineteenth century excavations in Etruria that they were better studied and duly attributed. The discovery in Etruria of such and so many Greek vases was the decisive reason for creating a parallel section to be closely linked to the actual Etruscan Museum. In fact the display demonstrates both the development of the production of Greek ceramics, emphasized by the museum layout, and the special success that these products had in Etruria following the intense commercial contacts between the Greeks and Etruscans. There are a good number of masterpieces signed or attributed to the great names of Greek vase painting, present in the Collection of Vases in the Vatican Museums.