Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta skyphos (deep drinking cup)

Attributed to the Pan Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470–460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) diameter 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of L. P. di Cesnola, 1876
Accession Number:
76.12.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, Theseus
Reverse, the Minotaur

Many red-figure artists eliminated the narrative element from mythological representations and, instead, highlighted the protagonists. Here, with one protagonist on each side, Theseus's pursuit of the Minotaur becomes timeless and eternal.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 84, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 559, no. 150, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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