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  • Volute–krater (vase for mixing wine and water), ca. 320–310 b.c.; red–figure
    Attributed to the Capodimonte Painter
    Greek, South Italian, Apulian
    Terracotta; H. without handles 36 1/16 in. (91.59 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1956 (56.171.63)

    On the body, obverse: assembly of gods above Amazonomachy
    Reverse: youth in niaskos (shrine) between youths and women
    On the neck, obverse: woman with torches leading Nike in chariot
    On the handles: heads of Io and young Pans

    The Capodimonte Painter was a follower of the Baltimore Painter, one of the most prolific late Apulian artists. Although they produced vases of diverse shapes and sizes, these artists are associated most often with large works decorated over virtually the whole surface. The vase becomes a kind of compendium of iconography and patternwork. It is important that antiquarians of the eighteenth century first encountered Greek vase painting in examples such as this piece, discovered in 1786 and acquired by the king of Naples for his palace at Capodimonte. Although imperfectly understood, the vases were recognized as ancient and impressive; they quickly became objects of study and acquisition.

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  • Volute-krater (vase for mixing wine and water), ca. 320–310 B.C.; red-figure
    Attributed to the Capodimonte Painter
    Greek, South Italian, Apulian
    Terracotta; H. without handles 36 1/16 in. (91.59 cm)
    Fletcher Fund, 1956 (56.171.63)

    On the body, obverse: assembly of gods above Amazonomachy
    Reverse: youth in niaskos (shrine) between youths and women
    On the neck, obverse: woman with torches leading Nike in chariot
    On the handles: heads of Io and young Pans


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