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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 109, Mythological Heroes
Attic Red-Figure Volute Krater
Kleophrades Painter (Greek (Attic), active 505 - 475 B.C.)
Athens, Greece (Place created)
about 490 B.C.
56.9 x 41.1 cm (22 3/8 x 16 3/16 in.)
Gift of Gordon McLendon
Scenes from several Greek myths run around the neck of this enormous
The complexity of the decoration and the scale of this vase are unusual. In fact, this is the only surviving volute-krater with two rows of decoration on the neck. At this time, Athenian potters worked in close proximity and painters were very aware of each other's work. A showpiece like this vase may have been a response to the Kleophrades Painter's main competitor at this time, the Berlin Painter, who had been producing large volute-kraters with one
Art Market (Geneva, Switzerland)
Gordon McLendon (Dallas, Texas), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977.
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