Panathenaic amphora attributed to the Berlin Painter: Drawing of side B, s...

Side A: overview.

Side A: oblique view from right.

Side B: oblique view from left.

Side B: Herakles, detail of detail of head and torso.

Side B: Herakles, detail of the club.

Collection: Martin von Wagner Museum, University of Würzburg
Summary: The struggle over the Delphic tripod: Side A: Apollo; Side B: Herakles
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to the Berlin Painter
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 500 BC

H. 0.522 m.

Primary Citation: ARV2, 197, 8; 1633; Beazley Addenda 2, 190
Shape: Panathenaic amphora
Beazley Number: 201816
Region: Etruria
Period: Archaic

Date Description:

One of the Berlin Painter's early works.


Good. The black glaze is worn in some areas

Decoration Description:

The figures on both sides are part of the same scene: the struggle over the tripod. Side A: Apollo. A slim naked Apollo moves to the right pursuing Herakles, who is on the other side of the amphora. The god carries his himation on his outstretched left arm. He holds his bow in the same hand and an arrow is in his right hand, behind him, ready to shoot. His hair is gathered up in a womanish way. His face is beautiful and delicately drawn.

Side B: Herakles carrying the tripod. Herakles, moving to the right, is carrying Apollo's tripod over his shoulders, fleeing from the god. He is dark-haired and bearded. Besides the tripod he carries his attributes: the lion's skin like a cape over his back and left shoulder and the club in his right hand. The figures are painted directly on the black glaze that covers the whole amphora.

Collection History:

From the Feoli Collection

Sources Used:

Simon 1975b, 127; Boardman 1979, fig. 145; ; LIMC, II, s.v. Apollon, n. 1027; V, s.v. Herakles, n. 2960 with plate.

Other Bibliography:

Langlotz 1932; Robertson 1975, pl 83c; Beazley 1930, 8. 16. n. 6