7 December 2000
AN ATTIC STAMNOS IN SIX'S TECHNIQUE
Workshop of the Antimenes Painter, Circa 510 B.C.
With a scene of Theseus, the Minotaur and Ariadne, the three figures evenly spaced around the handle-less vessel, the bull-headed monster running to the right, his head turned back towards Thesues in pursuit, the hero also running to the right, wearing a short chiton and an animal skin, a sword in his right hand, with Ariadne moving to the left, the maiden clad in a peplos patterned with stars, both hands extended before her, inscribed ESEto the right of the hero, INOTAto the right of the monster, and RIALNE(sic) to the right of the maiden, and RLEADE KALOSalong the shoulders
95/8 in. (24.5 cm) high
Ferruccio Bolla, Lugano
Kunstwerke der Antike, Münzen und Medaillen, Auktion 70, 14 November 1986, no. 206
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Isler-Kerényi, Stamnoi, p. 29-34.
Isler-Kerényi in Frel, Stamnoi, An Exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, no. 7.
Stamnoi, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1980.
According to Isler-Kerényi (Stamnoi, p. 29), Attic stamnoi without handles are extremely rare - only four others are known, two red-figured examples and two in Six's technique (both smaller and from a different workshop). The present vase is also unusual in that "the three protagonists are placed in such a way that, on turning the vase around, only one is visible at a time: a threefold grouping made possible through the absence of handles and which is therefore rare, if not unique" (op. cit. p. 29).
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately