Red figure bell krater attributed to the Creusa Painter

Lucania, classical period, 400 B.C.
H. 33.8 cm (13 5⁄16 in) W. 34.5 cm (13 37⁄64 in)

Art Market, Switzerland, by 1967
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, by 1983
Private Collection, Switzerland, acquired by 1986

A.D. Trendall
The Red-figured Vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily , Oxford, 1967, p. 87, no. 427a, pl. 40.5

A.D. Trendall
The Red-figured Vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily , third supplement, London, 1983, p. 44, no. C9

Christian Aellen-Alexandre Cambitoglou-Jacques Chamay
Le peintre de Darius et son milieu, Vases grecs d’Italie méridionale, Hellas et Roma IV, Genève 1986, 34-37

Geneva, Musée d'art et d'histoire, Le peintre de Darius et son milieu: vases grecs d'Italie méridionale, April-August 1986
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

The Creusa Painter belongs to the second generation of Lucanian vase- painters. As A.D. Trendall observes (op. cit., 1967, p. 86), while the Creusa Painter is a competent draughtsman, his figures are rendered with “a distant, even a frozen, look, as if they had but little interest in what is going on around them...even though they may be hotly pursued...they remain remarkably disinterested, and in general seem to contemplate life with a benevolent look of no enthusiasm.” Trendall (op. cit.) considers this krater to be from the Creusa Painter’s early period and is of better quality than its Amykan or PKP Group predecessors. Also noteworthy are the ancient repairs made to the present vase’s foot

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