Bowdoin 1913.30RED-FIGURE NOLAN AMPHORA
Lent by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art; gift of E. P. Warren (1913.30)
Height: 12 3/16 in. (31 cm.)
Broken and repaired at lip. From Gela.
Side A: a youth, himation covering the lower half of his body, sits on a chair and plays flutes. Another youth, leaning on a cane and holding a flute, looks on. Side B: a youth with a walking stick runs to the right, his head turned back and his right arm stretched out to the left. Pairs of meanders to right, alternating with cross-squares, saltires, and checkerboards, circle the entire vase. Under the handles, hanging palmettes and tendrils. Dilute glaze: anatomical details. Red: fillets of the three youths.
Attributed to the Pan Painter [Beazley] ca. 470 - 460 B. C. Beazley has described the drawing of the Pan Painter as "a blend of late archaic daintiness and early classical grandeur" Caskey & Beazley, 2, p. 46). Elements of the mannerist tradition of Myson, to which the Pan Painter is heir, are evident on this vase in the rhythmic drapery folds and elegant fingers. At the same time, the figures are imbued with a new freedom, and posture and movement are more fully understood. This vase is a late work by the Pan Painter.