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Reconstructing an Etruscan Tomb

15 days ago   |   By Gurney Journey

In 1987 I traveled on assignment with National Geographic to Italy to explore Etruscan archaeology.
We descended a ladder into the recently discovered "Blue-Devil" tomb in Tarquinia, which unfortunately had been emptied by tomb robbers a little earlier. The Blue Devil is painted on the wall behind me. He's a blue-skinned dude holding a snake in each hand.
My painting takes us back to around 700BC to show a family departing the tomb, accompanied by musicians and dancers.
The pencil sketch shows the figures as I first imagined them, still without reference to models. The sketch had to be...
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