|IMPORTANT APULIAN LARGE RED-FIGURE AMPHORA BY THE VIRGINIA EXHIBITION PAINTER
The obverse with a standing draped female, a nude youth and winged Eros within an Ionic naiskos, the female holding a swan aloft above Eros who reaches up toward it, an ivy leaf in her lowered right hand, Eros in added white, holding a wreath in his left, the youth pointing toward the swan with his right hand, a thyrsos and a himation in his left arm, a sprouting flower behind, the podium with a band of concentric squares, rosettes and ivy in the field on either side, a band of tongues on the shoulders, a female bust emerging from a blossom amidst elaborate scrolling above, the neck with rays, a band of bead-and-reel and a palmette, ivy vine encircling the mouth; the reverse with a filleted stele flanked by two-tiered blossoms, the podium with palmettes; a band of wave encircling below, a band of laurel centered by a rosette on the shoulders, long tongues above, the neck with a palmette above a wavy line, palmettes below the handles; details in added white, yellow and red.
Ca. 330-300 BC
H. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm.)
Ex collection of John W. Kluge, Charlottesville, VA, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1981.
Published: M. Mayo, ed., The Art of South Italy, Vases from Magna Graecia, Richmond, 1982, no. 76; A.D. Trendall and A. Cambitoglou, First Supplement to the Red-Figured Vases of Apulia, London, 1983, no. 28/86e, pl. XXXIV,4.
Exhibited: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, and elsewhere, The Art of South Italy, Vases from Magna Graecia, 12 May 1982 - 10 April 1983.
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