A study of Etruscan art reveals a strong influence from the neighboring Greeks, Egyptians, Aegeans and Romans. As in these other cultures, the Etruscans greatly emphasized the afterlife, creating grand necropoles that housed a number of tombs.

Though a number of themes are derived from these other peoples, the Etruscans were masters in their own right. Their bronze castings are exquisite, and they were among the first to ever utilize the voussoir arch, an architectural device that would support magnificent structures produced by the Romans in later times.