Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Gallatin Painter (namepiece)
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 7/16 in. (36.7 cm); diameter 10 13/16 in. (27.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.101
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, Theseus killing the brigand Skiron
Reverse, Theseus slaying the Minotaur

The exploits of Theseus differ from those of Herakles in that Theseus's major deeds had to do with the fortunes of Athens during its mythical past. The killing of Skiron occurred as Theseus was on his way to assert an ancestral claim to Attica. Skiron forced travelers to wash his feet and, while they were thus occupied, he kicked them into the sea. Later, Theseus killed the Minotaur to liberate Attica from Cretan domination.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. p. 98, Gallatin pl. 51.1a–b, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1942. "The Gallatin Collection of Greek Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 37(3): pp. 53, 55, fig. 3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 73, fig. 51, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 72, 214, pl. 54a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 3. p. 763, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 73, fig. 51, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 247, no. 3, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 350, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Theseus, no. 104, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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