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RISD 15.005

RED-FIGURE NECK-AMPHORA


Lent by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; museum appropriation and special gift (Mrs. Gustav Radeke) (15.005)


Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm.)


Broken and repaired; plaster restoration especially on B; one handle restored; part of foot restored; abrasions of glaze on B. Under foot, graffito.

From Vulci.


Side A: Apollo. The god stands with head turned to the left. He extends his right arm with phiale in hand and holds a kithara in the other arm. Over his chiton he wears a himation fastened at the shoulder with a brooch. His long curled hair is dressed with a fillet and laurel wreath. A dotted sash with a crenelated border and a fringe is attached to the lyre and provides a festive air.

Side B: woman (Artemis?). Only the lower part of her body is preserved. She holds an oinochoe, presumably to fill Apollo's phiale. She wears a chiton and himation. On A, the ground line consists of pairs of meanders alternating in direction and interrupted with cross-squares. On B, it consists of meanders only. At the base of the handles are tongues.

Dilute glaze: strands of hair, step pattern on the fillet attaching the lyre to Apollo's hand, design on the sash.

Red: Apollo's wreath, lyre strings on black background, string for the plectrum of the lyre.


Attributed to the Providence Painter; his name piece [Beazley] ca. 500 - 475 B.C.

The shape as well as the style of this amphora are derived from the Berlin Painter (Yale 1913.133), who must have been the Providence Painter's teacher (Beazley 1918, 76). Although there are no inscriptions, the heavy kithara, long hair, and serene pose all suggest Apollo. By implication, the figure on the reverse should be his sister Artemis (Beazley 1922, 70).


Bibliography

C. Lenormant and J. de Witte, Elite des monuments céramographiques 2 (Paris 1837-1861) 33-34, pl. XIII; Gerhard 1840-1858, 85-88, pl. 24; Reinach 1900, 27, nos. 1, 2; S. B. Luce, AJA 21 (1917) 411 passim; Beazley 1918, 76; Hoppin 1919, vol. 2, p. 394, no. 38; Beazley 1922, 70; S. B. Luce, AJA 28 (1924) 73 passim; BullRhode 16 (1928) 37, fig. 1, p. 50; BullRhode 19 (1931) 38; CVA, USA 2, p. 26, pl. 18; BullRhode 27 (1939) 32-33; Simon 1953, 43, no. 43; J. H. C. Kern, "Two Vases by the Providence Painter in Leyden," Oudheidkundige Medelingen vit het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden to Leiden 42 (1961); ARV2, 635, no. 1.

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