Attic red-figure hydria
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Attic red-figure hydria

490 BC
painted ceramic
height cm 58.2
cat. 16568

We can admire this hydria with the moving scene of the god Apollo, seated on the Delphic tripod, in the act of flying over the sea, in a showcase entirely dedicated to the Painter of Berlin, one of the greatest ceramists working in Athens between 500 and 460 BC (so called after his amphora in the Berlin Museums). This vase was considered, from as early as the inventories of the nineteenth century, as one of the most important of the Vatican collection and can be dated to the earlier period of the ceramist. The figure is isolated against the very shiny background of the vase, according to the special taste for composition of this master, who favours above all elegance and harmony in his creations.