Location: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze


Inscription (detail), Aule Metele (Arringatore), from Cortona, Italy, early 1st century B.C.E., bronze, 67 inches high (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence) (image: corneliagraco, CC BY 2.0)
An Etruscan in Roman clothing, this figure is a masterwork—made as Etruscan culture was slipping away.

Aule Metele (Arringatore)


Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)
A vicious mythic beast, the Chimera is a terrifying mix of animals—that even attacks itself.

Chimera of Arezzo