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IMPORTANT ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE AMPHORA BY THE BATEMAN PAINTER

Herakles stands in the center, locked in combat with the Nemaean lion, an invulnerable beast that terrorized the vicinity near Nemea in the N. W. Peloponnese. Iolaos, Herakles’ nephew and companion, stands at left holding Herakles’ club and gesturing excitedly. At right stands Athena and Hermes. Reverse: The red-bearded Dionysos stands in profile holding a kantharos. Before him at right dance two nude satyrs. Behind him a third satyr and a white-skinned maenad dance.

Ca. 540-530 BC

H. 19 in. (48.3 cm.)

Ex New York art market, November 1990; Patricia Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia, acquired from Royal-Athena, NY in 1991; Dr. H. collection, Germany, acquired from Royal-Athena in September 2010.

Published: Summa Galleries, Ancient Art, 1976, no. 9; J. Eisenberg, 1000 Years of Ancient Greek Vases II, 2010, no. 36; Art of the Ancient World, vol XXII, 2011, no. 106.

Sir John Beazley placed this artist among the followers of the Lysippides Painter and records only five other works by this artist: the name vase in the Cleveland Museum, two in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, one in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the other in a private American collection. This is a classic depiction of a popular mythological tale.The goddess Athena was a frequent companion of Herakles and was his special friend among the gods. Hermes was also present during several of his Twelve Labors.

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Attic black-figure amphora by the Bateman Painter
Attic black-figure amphora by the Bateman Painter

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