Harvard 1972.46RED-FIGURE HYDRIA (KALPIS)
Lent by Frederick M. Watkins
Height: 10 7/8 in. (27.7 cm.)
Intact; some abrasion of glaze.
A youth between two women. A nude youth with his cloak over his left shoulder and a stick in one hand stands in the center. On the left a woman runs off, looking back; on the right is a woman with one hand raised. Above and below, triple meanders alternating with cross-squares; on the lip, egg and dot pattern. Dilute glaze: anatomical markings, lines on the drapery. Red: fillet of the youth and of the woman on the left.
Attributed to the Villa Giulia Painter [Beazley] ca. 460 - 450 B. C. The Villa Giulia Painter stands in the tradition of Douris and, like him, prefers subdued and refined figures depicted with a polished technique. His harmonious compositions are in opposition to the ambitious efforts of his contemporary, the Niobid Painter (see Bowdoin 1908.3). Fond of scenes of everyday life, he employs certain stock types such as the women and youth on this vase. Although the figures appear serene, the air is tense. The subject, however, remains unexplained. The vase is said to be from Gela but may be the vase described by E. Peterson in "Funde," Mitteilungen des Deutschen archäologischen Instituts. Römische Abteilung 8 (1893) 340, no. 26, and if so, it is probably from Curti or Capua (ARV2, 623, no. 62).