Storage jar (amphora) with Apollo with lyre
Providence Painter, Greek, Storage jar (amphora) with Apollo with lyre, ca. 500-475 BCE, Terracotta, red-figure; 50.8 cm (20 inches) (height), Gift of Mrs. Gustav Radeke 15.005
On one side of this red-figure storage jar stands the god Apollo, marked by his flowing hair and the lyre he carries. On the other side, heavily damaged, is a female figure, possibly Apollo’s sister, Artemis. Although separated, the two figures interact: the woman brings a jug to pour wine into the libation bowl in Apollo’s outstretched hand. This jar became the name piece of the Providence Painter, to whom almost 150 other red-figure works are attributed, because it most clearly showcases his style. He preferred un-complicated scenes in which his elegant figures appear alone against a plain black background.