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Virginia Curry, EODIAH Graduate Fellow

Virginia Curry, EODIAH Graduate Fellow and UTD doctoral student in Humanities and Aesthetic studies, has been selected to present a paper at the Annual Conference of the Association for Art History, this April.  This year’s theme is “Looking Outwards” and held at the Courtauld Institute of Art & King’s College, London.  Curry will present on the panel “From the Phoenicians to the Celts; Toward a Global Art and Architectural History of the Ancient Mediterranean”.  Her paper is titled, “Familia in Eternam: The Intimate Imagery of the Egalitarian Etruscan Couple”.  Its abstract is included below.


Familia in Eternam: The Intimate Imagery of the Egalitarian Etruscan Couple

Virginia M. Curry

The sculpted and incised figures on the sarcophagi and urns of Etruscan affinal couples, spanning the period from approximately 600 BCE to 100 BCE represent the ancestors of the families aligned in what some scholars consider as essentially theocratic regional leagues throughout Etruria. The sculpted and incised figures on these funerary urns often appear quite animated and intimately portrait-like. They are usually inscribed with the full names of the husband and the wife, including the full names of each of their parents. These elements suggest that proof of the preservation of their lineage was intentional because it was a continuous, active and consistent practice during this period. My original catalogue of the 44 known couple’s sarcophagi and urns demonstrates the Etruscans intention to artistically portray themselves as fervently religious, affectionate and joyfully banqueting together in the afterlife. This motif was later included in many individual urn bases in Volterra where some of the names of the deceased were adapted from the Etruscan language to Latin, but maintained Etruscan nomenclature. I argue that the strong insignia of ancestral and family unity appears to have retarded the pace of their Roman acculturation through this intelligent new kind of blended society. It allowed the Etruscans the opportunity to synthesize their iconic motifs, inscriptions and ancestry with that of the Romans, as their Etruscan ancestors lent the power of their agency as the ancestors of the Romans.

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Virginia M. Curry
Board Member, ICOM National Committee for the United States

Doctoral Fellow, Edith O’Donnell Institute

Virginia Curry, Doctoral Student in Humanities and Aesthetic Studies

Doctoral student Virginia Curry wrote a chapter, "Villains, Thieves, and Scoundrels" in Art Crime and Its Prevention

Doctoral student Virginia Curry wrote a chapter, “Villains, Thieves, and Scoundrels” in Art Crime and Its Prevention

Virginia Curry, a doctoral student in Humanities and Aesthetic studies, was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Counsel of Museums (ICOM) Counsel on Collecting. She will serve for three years. This was announced at the COMCOL annual council meeting in Milan a few days after she presented her paper on July 4th.

Virginia also wrote a chapter, “Villains, Thieves, and Scoundrels” in the book Art Crime and Its Prevention edited by Judge Arthur Tompkins of New Zealand which has been released by London art book publisher, Lund Humphries, and was launched at the international conference of the Association for Research in Crimes Against Art. The US release is scheduled for October, 2016 and is available for order on Amazon.