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Storage jar (amphora) with Apollo with lyre

Providence Painter Greek
Storage jar (amphora) with Apollo with lyre, ca. 500-475 BCE
Terracotta, red-figure
Height: 50.8 cm (20 inches)
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.

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