Attic goblet Krater of the Painter of the Boston Phiale

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Attic goblet Krater of the Painter of the Boston Phiale
Attic goblet Krater of the Painter of the Boston Phiale
Attic goblet Krater of the Painter of the Boston Phiale
Attic goblet Krater of the Painter of the Boston Phiale
Room XXI of the Sun-Dial. Attic and Etruscan ceramics

With regard to the technique of painting on a white background in this vase by the Painter of the Boston Phiale, a pupil of the Achilles Painter, a pictorial style emerges that is difficult to express solely through the red figure technique. The master confers a particular spiritual elevation to the figures of this mythological picture: Hermes, with petasos and winged sandals, delivers the baby Dionysius wrapped in a cloth to Papposilenus seated on a rock with a thyrsus on the left; behind Hermes and the aged Silenus there are two Nymphs who will raise the little god. On the other side three Muses are represented - one seated on a rock in the act of playing the barbiton, the other at the sides, one of whom has a lyre - in accordance with the predilection for the world of theatre, music and dance regularly expressed by the painter. It is believed that the main theme in reality describes a theatrical representation, possibly from a lost satirical drama by Sophocles.