Red-figure Squat Lekythos (Storage Vessel) (Primary Title)
“Eros, who is the most beautiful of the deathless gods, loosens the limbs and overpowers reason and good counsel in the hearts of all gods and men.” – Hesiod, Theogony
In this idyllic scene, Eros, the mischievous god of desire, flies toward a woman seated amid plants in a garden. A youth and young woman holding a parasol attend the woman. While the goddess Aphrodite presided over female beauty, Eros, her son according to most sources, was associated with both male and female beauty.
VMFA Annual Report. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1990-91, p. 16.
Trendall, A.D., and Alexander Cambitoglou. The Red-figured Vases of Apulia I. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978, no. 58a, p. 173.
“Einzigartige Schau Antiker Kunst aus Norddeutschem Privatbesitz, Einzigartige Schau Antiker Kunst aus Norddeutschem Privatbesitz.” Die Welt (Germany), 2 January 1977.—unable to verify
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