The J. Paul Getty Museum

Attic Red-Figure Cup

Object Details


Attic Red-Figure Cup


Makron (Greek (Attic), active about 490 - 480 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 480 B.C.



Object Number:



7.5 × 25.1 × 19.4 cm (2 15/16 × 9 7/8 × 7 5/8 in.)

See more

See less

Object Description

A reveler dances away the night, holding onto his cup with one hand and his walking stick with the other. Many Greek vases, especially elaborate cups, were designed for use at symposia or drinking parties. Therefore, vase-painters frequently decorated these vessels with scenes of revelry and drinking. Consuming the wine in the cup revealed the joyous dancer at its bottom. The circular area or tondo on the interior of a cup presented a compositional problem for Greek vase-painters. It was difficult to place upright figures in this limited, curving space. Some artists placed decidedly linear figures in the circular space or drew a line across the circle in order to create an artificial ground-line for their figures. Others, like the artist Makron on this cup, clearly were trying to work out innovative compositions. By means of carefully positioned limbs, he managed to give the dancing reveler an almost circular outline, echoing its frame.


Private Collection [sold, Auktion 26: Kunstwerke der Antike, Bronzen, Keramik, Skulpturen, Munzen und Medaillen, Basel, October 5, 1963, lot 131, to Walter and Molly Bareiss]

1963 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, 1983.

Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969

Munzen und Medaillen, Basel. Auktion 26, October 5, 1963, lot 131; pls. 43 and 48.

Bothmer, Dietrich von. "Aspects of a Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27 (June 1969), p. 427; fig. 12.

Bothmer, Dietrich von, and J. Bean. Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bareiss. Exh. checklist. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969), p. 7, no. 94.

True, Marion, and Jiri Frel. Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983), p. 48, no. 33, fig. 33; p.80, no. 158.

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), pp. 160-61, no. 7.

Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV2, and Paralipomena. 2nd ed. Compiled by T. Carpenter with T. Mannack and M. Mendonca. Oxford: 1989, p. 247.

Kunisch, Norbert. Makron. Kerameus, vol. 10. Mainz: 1997, pl. 92.278.

Moore, Mary B. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The J. Paul Getty Museum 8 (USA 33). (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998), pp. 46-47, no. 63; fig. 21; pl. 435.

Immerwahr, Henry. R. A Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions. Preliminary Edition. Part VI: Supplement. 2001, no. 5017.

Spivey, Nigel and Squire, Michael. Panorama of the Classical World (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2004), p. 255, fig. 401.

Catoni, Maria Luisa. Bere vino puro. Immagini del simposio. Milan: Feltrinelli, 2010, p. 282, fig. 47.

Oakley, John H. The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), pp. 146-147, fig. 13.