Attic Red-Figure Volute Krater by the Niobid Painter


Attic Red-Figure Volute Krater by the Niobid Painter

An ancient Attic Greek red-figure fragmentary volute krater by the Niobid Painter. The obverse scene is of Zeus and Hera enthroned being served from an oinochoe by a winged goddess (victory). The reverse is perhaps the work of a different painter.

Athens, Attica.
Ca. 475-450 BC.
Height: 21 1/2 in. (55 cm).
Reconstructed, with several large sections missing.

The Niobid Painter is so named for a vase now in the Louvre Museum, with a scene depicting the children of Niobe being hunted down by Apollo and Artemis. The Niobid Painter was innovative in that he was among the first to make a deliberate attempt to express space and depth in his work. He preferred large vases and was likely inspired by the contemporary fresco painters of his day.

Formerly in a California private collection.

Inv#: 5392


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