Attic Red-Figure Kylix

Object Details

Title:

Attic Red-Figure Kylix

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Carpenter Painter (Greek (Attic), active 515 - 500 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place:

Athens, Greece (Place created)

Date:

510 - 500 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Dimensions:

11 × 38.1 × 33.5 cm (4 5/16 × 15 × 13 3/16 in.)

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On the interior of this Athenian red-figure kylix or cup, a seated youth pulls his older male lover down toward him for a kiss. In Athenian aristocratic circles in the Archaic period, older men often courted youths. Such homosexual relationships were viewed as a key element in the socialization of youths, involving strong elements of mentoring as well as eroticism.

The exterior of the cup depicts youths and bearded men training in various athletic activities, including the javelin, discus, and long jump. The youth in the long robe playing the flutes provides music for the training. Greek vases of the Archaic period frequently depict favorite pursuits of the aristocratic patrons who used the vessels; scenes of athletic training, another key element in the socialization of Athenian youths, are among the most common.

Provenance
- 1985

Bank Leu, A.G. (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.

Exhibitions
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
Athletes in Antiquity: Works from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (February 1 to April 15, 2002)
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City), February 1 to April 15, 2002
The Art of Love: Love's Lust and Sorrow in World Art (December 1, 2002 to April 27, 2003)
  • Museum Rietberg Zürich (Zurich), December 1, 2002 to April 27, 2003
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
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love (March 28, 2012 to May 26, 2013)
  • 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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