Attic Red-Figure Volute Krater

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Attic Red-Figure Volute Krater


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


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place created)


about 490 B.C.




56.9 × 46.9 cm (22 3/8 × 18 7/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Gordon McLendon

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Scenes from several Greek myths run around the neck of this large red-figure volute-krater. On the front of the vase, the top row of decoration depicts a mythological battle of Herakles and the Greeks against the Amazons. Much of this scene is missing, but Herakles, identifiable by his lionskin, is depicted at the center. He grasps the shoulder of a fallen Amazon and prepares to deliver the fatal blow with his sword. Six Amazons, including two archers, try to ward off the hero. The lower row depicts three of Herakles's Labors: slaying the Lernean Hydra, defeating the triple-bodied Geryon, and obtaining the Apples of the Hesperides. The better preserved back of the vase shows the Amazons preparing for their battle. Below, watched over by the centaur Chiron, Peleus wrestles with Thetis in order to win her as his wife. On either side, Thetis's sisters, the Nereids (sea nymphs) flee.

The krater has been reassembled from many fragments. A number had previously been incorporated in a heavily restored vase in the Musée du Louvre.

Related Works
by 1971

Nicolas Koutoulakis, 1910 - 1996 (Geneva, Switzerland)

- 1977

Gordon McLendon (Dallas, Texas), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977.

Painting on Vases in Ancient Greece (March 20 to April 22, 1979)
  • Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), March 20 to April 22, 1979

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