The Estruscan people were seafaring invaders from the eastern Mediterranean who centered their civilization on the west coast of Italy in Tuscany. Their early architecture was typified in the tombs they built, some of which were cut from rock and others of which were built of masonry. They decorated these burial sites with images of oriental gods and monsters. They built their temples with a decidedly ancient Greek flavor. Funeral reliefs were crafted on sandstone and depict various aspects of Estruscan life: battles, funerals, banquets, games and religious ceremonies.
There are also bright frescoes in many of the tombs of similar scenes. As Estruscan civilization evolved, many of their portraits show their concern with the emotional rather than intellectual side of their people. Although their paintings often show only flat outline drawing, their best works have patterns with strong colors and express their passion toward life.