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.
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.
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.