June 26 Art Minute: The Creusa Painter, Volute Krater (mixing vessel) with Ariadne Crowning Dionysos

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Greek, from the province of Luciana, southern Italy. The Creusa Painter, Volute Kater (mixing vessel) with Ariadne Crowning Dionysos. Red-figure: wheel thrown, slip-decorated earthenware, about 400–380 BCE. 23 ¼ by 17 ¾ inches. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1981.110. Classic Court (Gallery 2)

Greek, from the province of Luciana, southern Italy. The Creusa Painter, Volute Krater (mixing vessel) with Ariadne Crowning Dionysos. Red-figure: wheel thrown, slip-decorated earthenware, about 400–380 BCE. 23 ¼ by 17 ¾ inches. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1981.110. Classic Court (Gallery 2)

On this large vessel used to mix wine and water, a young warrior takes leave of his wife and returns from battle victorious. On the side pictured here, Ariadne crowns her husband Dionysos, god of wine, rebirth, and the theater, with a laurel wreath while in a cave. Around them, Pan, the god of the forest, satyrs (part-men, part-goats), and maenads (female followers of Dionysos) prepare for a celebration.


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