Etruscan architecture


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Etruscan architecture

(700–280 B.C.)
A style which flourished in western central Italy until the Roman conquest; it is largely lost, except for underground tombs and city walls, but the characteristic true stone arch influenced later Roman construction methods. Examples that have survived show forms that were rich in ornamentation.
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Etruscan architecture

Etruscan architecture: Arch of Augustus, Perugia
The architecture of the Etruscan people in western central Italy from the 8th century B.C. until their conquest by the Romans in 281 B.C. Apart from some underground tombs and city walls, it is largely lost, but remains important for the influence of its construction methods on Roman architecture, e.g., the stone arch.
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He not only dismissed the role of Greek influence on Etruscan art, he also advocated the superiority of Etruscan architecture over most other classical architecture.
(Somewhat bizarrely, St Mary was omitted from Sinclair's pentangle --including it and excluding St Alfege creates a neat pentangle north of the Thames, while the opposite renders the pentangle undrawable.) Further north, Hawksmoor's masterpiece, Christ Church, Spitalfields, has an ominous, pyramidal spire above an arched portico influenced by classical Etruscan architecture.