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Pallottino, Massimo

    Full Name: Pallottino, Massimo

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1909

    Date Died: 1995

    Home Country/ies: Italy

    Subject Area(s): ancient, archaeology, and Etruscan (culture or style)


    Archaeologist of Etruscan civilization and art. In 1937, Pallottino wrote an article debunking the so-called “Etruscan Warrior” purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (by John Marshall under the direction of Gisela M. A. Richter) as a forgery. Richter remained unconvinced, but Pallottino was ultimately proven correct by the scholar Harold Parsons in 1961. Pallottino pointed out the Greek Hellenized world that Etruscan art emerged from. He wrote the volume on Etruscan Painting (1952) for Albert Skira’s series on Great Centuries of Painting. In 1971 his Civiltà artistica etrusco-italica summarized the previous two generations of work in Italian archaeology.

    Selected Bibliography

    and Jucker, Hans. Art of the Etruscans. London: Thames and Hudson, 1955; Arte figurativa e ornamentale. Rome: C. Colombo, 1940; Che cos’è l’archeologia. Florence: Sansoni, 1963, English, The Meaning of Archaeology. New York: H. N. Abrams 1968; Etruscan Painting. Geneva: Skira, 1952; Etruscologia. Milan: Hoepli, 1942, English, The Etruscans. David Ridgway, editor. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1975; L’orgine degli Etruschi. Rome: Tumminelli, 1947; Mostra dell’Arte e della civiltà etrusca. Milan: Silvana, 1955; Civiltà artistica etrusco-italica. Florence: Sansoni, 1971.


    Brilliant, Richard. “Introduction.” Roman Art: from the Republic to Constantine. New York: Phaidon, 1974, p. 17, mentioned; Tomkins, Calvin. Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2nd. ed. New York: Henry Holt, 1989, p. 126.


    "Pallottino, Massimo." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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