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Red Figure Vases
Red Figure Vases Description
Black figure bilingual (transition) amphora.
It shows Herakles feasting attended by both Athena and
Hermes with a boy to the right mixing wine in a dinos. There
is a spindly tree behind the reclining Herakles, meaning the
grape vines hang down over the characters as a sort of filling
Big stripes of purpleish red enliven the drapery of the figures
and Athena is painted white as well as some of the furniture.
The table below the couch is also a filling ornament, though a
more subtle one, as it fits in with the scene: holding a
kanthera and bread on it.
Lysippides Painter: 530515 BCAttic
black figure.
Red figure bilingual (transition) amphora.
This scene also shows Herakles feasting but he is only
attended by Athena this time. Fewer figures are needed
because the individuals themselves are bigger.
There is also less usage of colour, the red is only used
sparingly, whereas white has been dropped from the design
Depth has been added: the little table is now clearly in front
of the couch as the bread overlaps, one of Herakles' legs is
behind the other and his arm is clearly being that.
There is an attempt as highlighting the torso at ¾ views
through the collar bones.
Andokides Painter: 530515 BCAttic
The clothes also appear to have soft depth: the folds look
red figure more natural and less rigid, though the use of folds is still in
its extreme to create more patterns.
Unlike in the black, the vines of grapes are not needed as
they seem to overcrowd the scene and the grapes can barely
be seen anyway.
An amphora showing a scene of everyday life and not a myth
of three tipsy men walking home after a symposium.
The central figure is drawn from the back with his head turned
in one direction and his head turned the other however it does
not freakily unnatural as it did in earlier pots as Euthymides
has shown the curve in the spine as the man twist his body
For the other two figures he used thick black lines to indicate
important forms of the body, but a thinner, fainter set of lines
for the detailing on the body.
The drapery is simpler now, the folding is still extravagant,
but not so stylised and is clearly effected by gravity.
EuthymidesThree Men Carousing:
510 00 BC.

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A volute Krater depicting the battle of Greeks and Amazons
on the body with Herakles and Telamon fighting back to back
against 5 amazons. a group of cheerful men drinking and
dancing is on the neck.
The composition on the body is very complicated. Herakles
attacks vigorously from the left against three amazons. Two
of them march in step, in formation and fully armoured. The
third is in striped fitted oriental clothing and advances more
stealthily with a foreshortened foot.…read more

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His quiver hangs empty beside him. He is naked, except for
a folded cloak which hangs over his arm.
Artemis is also in the centre of the frieze. She is in the
process of taking an arrow from her quiver. Her arm is
foreshortened. She wears a peplos with an embroidered
hem. It is clearly fastened at the shoulder. She wears an
ornament on a string around her neck. She wears a sakkos.
A stylised tree grows on a small hill.…read more

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Pelike depicting Polyneikes and Eriphyle.
Eriphyle was given the power to adjudicate between her
husband Amphiaraos and her brother Andrastos. Andrastos
wanted help establishing his son Polyneikes on the throne of
Thebes, but Amphiaraos knew that is he joined the
expedition against Thebes he would never return home.
Polyneikes offered Eriphyle a wonderful magical necklace
which had been a gift from the gods. She could not resist the
bride and promised to send her husband to war.…read more

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A hydria divided into two friezes.
The lower shows Herakles in the garden of the Hesperides. A
snake curls round the tree with the golden apples, while one
of the Hesperides stands, lifting her veil like a bride, before
the seated hero who is at a ¾ view. The detailing on the
characters is faint and delicate, but less eloquent and with
less profound characterisation.
The upper frieze shows the abduction of two sisters from a
sanctuary of Aphrodite.…read more


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