Terracotta volute-krater (vase for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to the Capodimonte Painter

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 320–310 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Apulian

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. without handles: 36 1/16 in. (91.59 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.171.63


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.