The youth is shown in an athletic context, indicated by the sponge suspended in the background. J.D. Beazley has attributed the composition here to the influence of the contemporary vase-painter Douris.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): p. 130.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 74, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Beazley, John D. 1963. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 120, no. 10, Oxford: Clarendon Press.