Attic Red-Figure Column Krater: Meleager Painter

 

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.

Athens, Greece.
Ca. early 4th century BC.
Height: 13 3/8 in. (34 cm).

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.

The battle scene on this krater is ultimately derived from the now lost interior of the shield of Athena Parthenos that once stood on the acropolis by the sculptor Phidias as described by ancient sources.

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.

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