|ATTIC RED-FIGURED COLUMN-KRATER BY THE MELEAGER PAINTER
The Gigantomachy: two nude gigantes armed with shields, helmets and spears, battle a cloaked Olympian riding a rearing horse, turning and lunging at the bearded gigante with a spear, another Olympian further to the left, watches. Reverse: three draped youths. The battle scene is derived from the inside of the Phidian Athena Parthenos shield.
Earlier 4th Century BC
H. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.)
Ex Ulla Lindner, Munich, 1960s; Dr. J. Bohler, Munich; German private collection.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no. 110; J. Eisenberg, One Thousand Years of Ancient Greek Vases II, 2010, no. 102; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2015, no. 106.
The Meleager Painter takes his name from two neck-amphorae depicting the huntress Atalanta and her lover Meleager.
For more on the painter and his career see pp. 168-169 in Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases, The Classical Period.