Attic Red-Figure Pelike, Kerch Style

Object Details

Title:

Attic Red-Figure Pelike, Kerch Style

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to the Painter of the Wedding Procession (Greek (Attic), active about 362 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place(s):

Athens, Greece (Place created)

Date:

about 360 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta; polychromy; gilding

Dimensions:

48.3 x 27.2 cm (19 x 10 11/16 in.)

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One side of this vase shows the Judgment of Paris, a myth with a long history in Greek art. The young Trojan prince Paris sits amid three goddesses and their guide Hermes, god of travelers. Paris's task is to decide which goddess is the most beautiful: Hera, queen of the gods; Athena, goddess of wisdom; or Aphrodite, goddess of love. But this was no mere beauty contest. Paris chose Aphrodite because her bribe was the best: He could have whomever among mortal women he thought most beautiful. His choice of Helen, queen of Sparta, was the ultimate cause of the Trojan War. The other side of the vase depicts a battle of Greeks and Amazons, a favorite theme for vase painters in this period.

The bold use of color, raised relief areas, and gilding on this vase is typical of the Kerch Style of Athenian red-figure vase painting, named for an area on the Black Sea coast of southern Russia where many of these vases were found. The pelike was a favorite shape for Athenian vase painters of the 300s B.C.

Provenance
- 1983

Antike Kunst Palladion (Basel, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence (December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases (June 8 to September 4, 2006) (104)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), June 8 to September 4, 2006
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (March 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013) (104)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 26, 2011 to February 20, 2012
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), March 28 to July 9, 2012
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