Red-figure Squat Lekythos (Storage Vessel) (Primary Title)

attributed to, Felton Painter (Artist)

second quarter of the 4th century BC
Greek, South Italian (Apulian)
Ceramics
Containers-Vessels
glazed terracotta
Overall (diameter at body): 12 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (31.75 × 16.51 cm)
91.24

“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.

Gift of the Lipman Foundation
“Kunst der Antike, Schaetze aus Norddeutschen Privatbesitz,” Hamburg 1977.—unable to verify
O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (Fig. 44, p. 72).

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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