Copyright and other proprietary rights in material on this site may be held by individuals or entities other than or in addition to VMFA.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of materials displayed on this site will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to these works.
It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
Images that are only presented as thumbnails are protected by copyright and are not available for download. Public domain images downloaded from the VMFA web site should be credited: "Image courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts." Additional caption information is provided with the downloaded image file.
Requests to reproduce and/or republish any materials on this web site should be addressed to the VMFA Office of Rights and Reproductions at: (Address) 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007 USA, (Phone) 804.204.2760 or 804.204.2761, (Fax) 804.340.1548, or (Email) email@example.com.
This is the “name piece” of the Virginia Painter, meaning that it exemplifies the work of this artist whose real name is unknown. The rider wears a traveler’s cloak and is accompanied by his faithful hound. The random marks around the horse and rider, known as a “nonsense inscription,” imitate writing but have no meaning.
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
“The Horse in Ancient Greek Art,” National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA, September 7, 2017 – January 14, 2018; VMFA, February 17 – July 8, 2018
The Greek Line, Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1 – 29 October 1962
Peter Schertz and Nicole Stribling, editors. The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, VA: October, 2017), p. 113, No. 48, ill., p. 136.
Ancient Art in the Virginia Museum, VMFA. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1973: cat. no. 100, 84, ill.
Beazley, J.D. . Paralipomena. Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971: p. 99.
The Art Quarterly, Summer 1962, p. 165
January 1962 (Herbert Cahn, Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Basel); purchased by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond; accessioned into VMFA collection January 17, 1962. 
 Information in VMFA Curatorial and Registration records.
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC
Some object records are not complete and do not reflect VMFA's full and current knowledge. VMFA makes routine updates as records are reviewed and enhanced.
Other Works In This Gallery
This artwork is on display in:
Greek, Roman & Hellenistic Galleries
Use the interactive map to explore the museum
Search for art, find what you are looking for in the museum and much more.