Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 160
On the body, obverse, assembly of gods above Amazonomachy
Reverse, youth in naiskos (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 virtually the whole surface of which is decorated. The vase becomes a kind of compendium of iconography and patternwork. It is important to recall that antiquarians of the eighteenth century first encountered Greek vasepainting in examples such as this one, discovered in 1785 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.
Said to have been found in 1785 at Polignano (now Polignano a Mare, Puglia).

1785, found in Polignano, in the garden of the Bishop’s refectory, by Mattia Santoro, Bishop of Polignano; from 1785 and until ca. 1800, in the collection of the Royal Museum of Capadimonte, Naples; ca. 1800, after the conquest of Italy by Napoleon I, brought to London by a French agent, commissioned by the government to bring it to the Louvre; by 1802, purchased by James Edwards, Esq., of Pall Mall; by 1802 and until after 1863, collection of James Edwards and family; from after 1863 and until 1899, collection of Thomas B. Clarke, New York; [probably around 1930, with Joseph Brummer, New York]; 1930, presumably purchased by William Randolph Hearst from J. Brummer; 1930-1951, collection of W. R. Hearst, New York and from 1933, San Simeon, California; 1951-1956, with the Hearst Corporation; acquired in 1956, purchased from the Hearst Corporation.
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