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The Departure of a Warrior

The departure of a warrior was a subject much favored by Polygnotan painters, originally inherited from the Niobid Painter, whose compositions are repeated in representations of the subject by Polygnotos, the Hector Painter, the Peleus Painter, and some anonymous Polygnotans (e.g., an amphora in Philadelphia, Philadelphia 30-44-4;


1. In the hands of the Kleophon Painter and his followers (e.g., a fragment in the manner of the Kleophon Painter in the University of Chicago (University of Chicago 1967.115.244))2, the departure became a vehicle for showing human emotion under stress but suitably restrained.

1 ARV2, 1058, no. 113; LIMC, IV, 485, Hektor no. 18; the other figures are not named.

2 Moon 1979, 213, cat. no. 120; Gaulandi, "Il Pittore di Kleophon" (supra, n. 22) 361, no. 4 (as Kleophon Painter).

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