Attic Red-Figure Column Krater: Meleager Painter
An ancient Greek attic red-figure column krater attributed to the Meleager painter. The scene depicts a Gigantomachy. Two nude giants are shown armed with shields, helmets and spears, surrounding a cloaked Olympian riding a rearing horse. He turns and lunges at the bearded giant behind him with a spear. Another Olympian further to the left prepares to throw a rock. On the reverse side of the krater are three draped youths with strigils.
The Meleager Painter takes his name from two neck-amphorae depicting the huntress Atalanta and her lover Meleager. For more on the painter and his career see pp. 168-169 in Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases, The Classical Period.
Published: J. Eisenberg, 1000 Years of Ancient Greek Vases, (2010), no. 102.
With Ulla Lindner, Munich, 1960s; Dr. J. Bohler collection, Munich; German private collection; Christie s, New York, December 7, 2007, no. 122.