Attic Red-Figure Kalpis

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Attic Red-Figure Kalpis


Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter (Greek (Attic), active 505 - 475 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place created)


about 490 B.C.




40.6 × 38.4 × 31 cm (16 × 15 1/8 × 12 3/16 in.)

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In the early 400s B.C., Greek vase-painters took a new interest in scenes drawn from daily life. Vases from this period often depicted groups of boys or youths engaged in their usual activities: school, athletic training, and courting. The panel on the shoulder of this Athenian red-figure kalpis, however, shows a group of youths in a moment of relaxation. Accompanied by their dogs, the youths are conversing, either leaning on walking sticks or sitting, while one leans forward to tie his sandal.

The kalpis was a new vase shape in the early 400s B.C. The rounded profile replaced the older, more angular form of hydria, or water jar. Early in his career, the Kleophrades Painter decorated the angular form of hydria, but he later switched to the kalpis. Other features, such as the depiction of a scene from everyday life and the type of ornament framing the panel, also suggest that this vase comes from the later phase of the Kleophrades Painter's career.

- 1982

Antike Kunst Palladion (Basel, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.

Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (August 23, 2003 to December 5, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14 to December 5, 2004
Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influence in Ancient Italy as Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions (October 5, 2013 to May 17, 2014)
  • Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, October 5, 2013 to May 17, 2014
The Berlin Painter and his World: Athenian-Vase Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. (March 4 to October 1, 2017)
  • Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton), March 4 to June 11, 2017
  • Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo), July 8 to October 1, 2017

Neils, Jenifer and John H. Oakley, eds. Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, exh. cat. (Hanover, NH: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College), p. 77, fig. 13.

Kirsch, Eva. Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influences in the Italian Peninsula As Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions, ca. 800-200 B.C., exh. cat. (San Bernardino: California State University San Bernardino, Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, 2014), Red Figure Technique, entry 1, (illustrated; full-page detail illustration).