The Aphrodite Painter

Paestan, South Italy

Red Figure Krater (Wine Mixing Vessel)

c. 340–330 B.C.


On loan from The William Knight Zewadski Collection

This extraordinary painter imaged a scene related to the Oresteia, a tragic cycle written by the Athenian playwright Aeschylus that won first prize in the dramatic contest at Athens in 458 B.C. Represented is an episode from Electra: Orestes (center), as a suppliant, has taken refuge in the sanctuary of the god Apollo (left) at Delphi, accompanied by Electra (right), pursued by the Furies (above).

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