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11 November 2016

A Donohue, a review of The Mediterranean Foundations of Ancient Art by Guido Freiherr von Kaschnitz-Weinberg. Translated and edited by John R. Clarke (Mittelmeerstudien 4). Pp. 117, figs. 64. Wilhelm Fink | Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 2015. € 49.90. ISBN 978-3-7705-5913-8 (Fink), 978-3-506-77919-9 (Schöningh) (cloth). Published in Etruscan Studies 2016; 19(2): 283–293.

The name and work of the Austrian classical archaeologist and art historian Guido Freiherr von Kaschnitz-Weinberg (1890-1958) are today more likely to be familiar to specialists than to any but advanced students, yet his most significant contributions in continuing the re-evaluation of Roman art begun by the Viennese scholars Franz Wickhoff and Alois Riegl have thoroughly permeated current approaches to Italic, Etruscan, and Roman art. It is now almost universally accepted that Etruscan and Roman art must be approached on their own terms, not dismissed as inferior versions of Greek. The publication under review is a translation of a long essay published in 1944 (Die mittelmeerischen Grundlagen der antiken Kunst. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann). Although Etruscan art and culture are not emphasized in it, the text holds interest for Etruscan studies for the light it sheds on Kaschnitz’s methods and interpretations.

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