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Dartmouth c.970.35

RED-FIGURE KYLIX


Lent by the Trustees of Dartmouth College; gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Smith (c.970.35)


Height: 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.); Diameter: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.)


Broken, repaired, and restored at left handle and foot.


Type B Kylix, decorated inside only.

Inside: boxer. A nude athlete sits on the ground binding his hand and wrist with boxing thongs in preparation for a match. At his feet are two jumping weights; beside him, a discus and pick for loosening the earth. Suspended in the field is his bath equipment: sponge for the shower, oil and strigil for afterwards. Inscribed above, ΕΠΙΔΡΟΜΟΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ (Epidromos is beautiful). Traces of preliminary sketch appear around the head and near the ground. A reserved line forms the tondo, and a glaze line strengthens the frame where the ground is reserved.

Dilute glaze: abdominal muscles, texture of the sponge.

Red: the inscription and the strings of the aryballos.


Attributed to the Epidromos Painter [Cahn] ca. 520 - 500 B. C.

The Epidromos Painter, named after his favorite kalos name, belongs in the neighborhood of Epiktetos, although his nervous drawing style is in contrast to the latter's tranquility (cf. Bowdoin 1913.2). He is also closely related to Apollodoros and may even represent an early stage of his oeuvre (ARV2, 117).

In this cup the Epidromos Painter displays two noteworthy artistic features. In choosing to show a seated figure from the front, he suggests a real interest in the representation of human anatomy and in the problem of foreshortening. Furthermore, he has arranged the athlete's equipment so as to respect the curve of the tondo and make the objects stand out against their respective light and dark backgrounds.


Bibliography

Münzen, 18 (Basel November 29, 1958) 37-38; ARV2, 117, no. 6.

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