Apulian Red-Figure Plate: Darius Painter

 

Apulian Red-Figure Plate: Darius Painter

An ancient Apulian Greek red-figure plate by the Darius painter depicting the battle between Athena and the giant Pallas. Athena wears a belted chiton and plumed Attic helmet. In her left hand bears a shield with a Gorgoneion. With her outstretched right arm, she brandishes a flaming torch at the giant's chest. Pallas is rendered with wings and serpentine legs. He brandishes a rock and and wears a panther skin over his shoulder.

Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
Ca. 320 BC.
Diameter: 11 in. (27.9 cm).

The plate has been attributed to the Darius Painter, a dominant and highly significant painter and eminent representative of the end of the "Ornate Style" in South Italian red-figure vase painting.

The output and quality of the Greek colonial potters working in Apulia increased greatly following the Peloponnesian War when Attic exports fell off sharply. Apulian craftsmanship is an amalgamation of the Ionian (Athenian, Attic) conventions, and Doric (Western colonial Greek) styles, with a noticeable native Italian aesthetic.

Published: Aellen, Cambitoglou & Chamay, Le peintre de Darius, 1986, p. 234; Trendall & Cambitoglou, Second Supplement to the Red-Figured Vases of Apulia: Part II (Bulletin Supplement 60), London: University of London, Institute of Classical Studies, 1992, pp. 369, pl. CII, 4 (244a).

Formerly in a private Swiss collection, Geneva, prior to 1975; subsequently in a Michigan private collection.
Exhibited: Yale University Art Museum, 2008-2015.

Inv#: 7771

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