Black-figured cup (Primary Title)

attributed to the, Virginia Painter (Artist)

ca. 510 B.C.
Greek (Attic)
Overall: 4 7/8 × 15 1/4 × 12 1/4 in. (12.38 × 38.74 × 31.12 cm)
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. [1]

[1] Information in VMFA Curatorial and Registration records.

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