Chalice-shaped krater
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Chalice-shaped krater

from Vulci
440-430 BC.
Painted ceramic
height cm 32.9
cat. 16586

The introduction of a subdued polychromy on the white background of the vases in some way reflects in pottery decoration the parallel developments of the painting of the same time, both of walls and on easels. From the chalice-shaped krater of the Painter of the Phiale of Boston, pupil of the Painter of Achilles, who worked between 450 and 425 BC circa, there clearly emerges a painting style that is by now not easy to express with the red-figures alone. However the master is an expert in the latter technique, as can be seen from other vases. The main façade of this krater has a mythological theme, particularly dear to the master who infuses his figures with a special spiritual intensity: Hermes hands over the young Dionysus to the old Sileno. On the other side are three muses, in keeping with the preference for the world of theatre, music and dance that so often emerges in the production of our painter.