Black-Figure Amphora (Storage Vessel) (Primary Title)

attributed to, Swing Painter (Artist)

ca. 535 B.C.
Greek (Attic)
Overall: 15 1/4 × 10 1/2 in. (38.74 × 26.67 cm)
About 150 vases have been attributed to the Swing Painter, who takes his name from a depiction of a woman on a swing. His style can often be recognized by his use of added color (e.g., white and matte red) and the puppetlike style of his figures. His vases range in quality, but he explored many unusual themes, often with humor, such as this depiction of a mare rolling on the ground beneath two rearing horses.
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

Encounter I: Space VMFA, Feb. – March 1974

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. 134, No.75, ill., p. 137.

Harper, J.J. “The Swing Painter: Innovative or Accident Prone? A Study of the Evidence on a black-Figure Amphora” The Ancient World Art and Literature in Antiquity, 27 (1997), 31-39, figs. 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B.

Böhr, E. Der Schaukelmaler. Mainz: P. von Zabern, 1982: 14, 26,48,85,105, pl. 49.
Burns, L. and R. Glynn, Beazley Addenda, Additional References to ABV, ARV2, and Paralipomena. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982: 39 Swing Painter, (304.6ter) Para 133.

Erbertschauser, H. Antiken I, Vasen, Bronzen, Terrakotten des klassischen Atertums Munich: Keyser, 1981: p. 86, pl. 99.

Ancient Art in the Virginia Museum, VMFA. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1973: cat. no. 92, 76-77, ill.

Beazley, J.D. . Paralipomena. Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971: 133 6ter.

Alexander, C. “The Greek Line.” Arts in Virginia, vol. 2, no. 3 (1962), 4-5, ill.

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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