THE ETRUSCAN JOY OF LIVING
The Etruscan joy of living is the inspiration behind the Candoni Etruscan Collection outstanding wine packaging. The richest source of information regarding the Etruscan way of life is their paintings, with most examples coming from excavated vaults. Typically in bright colors and a vigorous, animated style, these frescoes depict activities from the daily life and mythology of the Etruscans. Scenes of feasting, dancing, swimming, fishing, and playing depict confident people who enjoyed life to the fullest. They even portrayed themselves in a joyous and festive manner after death.
MUSIC AND DANCE
Music accompanied both work and leisure activities of the Etruscans. It played a significant role in the performing arts, including mime and theatrical performances by masked “histrioni,” or actors. Solemn ceremonial events, such as the annual games, were also accompanied by professional musicians and dancers. Music also played a large part in other activities such as sporting games, military drills, hunting, and even funerals.
A commonly recurring theme in Etruscan art is the banquet – a lavish reception reserved for guests of high social status.
Reclining on couches while being waited on by numerous servants and entertained by musicians and dancers, these elites feasted on generous selections of game, such as deer, fish, and wild boar, and enjoyed copious amounts wine. In fact, the Etruscans probably introduced grapes to Italy – originally native to the Arabian peninsula – around the 8th Century B.C.
In the 7th century B.C., Etruscan clothing was very similar to that of the Greek Archaic period, in which men wore a robe-like garment which was knotted at the front. This style gave way to the “tunica,” which was frequently accompanied by a colorful cape slung over the shoulders. This cape, usually wide and heavily embroidered, became the national costume of Etruria and later evolved into the Roman toga.