An Exhibited Attic Red-Figure Pelike Attributed to the Pan Painter, ca. 460 BCE
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Rounded body, everted rim, two vertical handles, disk foot with reserved sides. The figures on either side are framed above by simple bands of vertical strokes, and below by bands of linked maeanders to the right. Side A, two beardless youths stand facing one another, each leaning on his knotty staff. Each is dressed in a himation, that of the youth at left concealing both his arms. Side B, youth in a himation standing in profile to the right, his right hand holding his staff vertically. Compare the shape, maeander, and drapery of another late pelike by the Pan Painter, London E 357 (Beazley, ARV2 555.94; BAPD 206337). The Pan Painter takes his name from a bell-krater in Boston depicting Pan chasing a boy. Beazley (1956, p. 550) considered him a pupil of Myson, "a mannerist, and connected with the earlier members of the Mannerist Group, but far above them: an exquisite artist."
Reference: CGA (1928) p. 123, #2682; CGA (1932), p. 117, #2682
Exhibited: "The William A. Clark Collection; Treasures of a Copper King," Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana: May 6 - July 30, 1989; Montana Historical Society, Helene, Montana: August 15 - October 7, 1989.
Condition: One handle restored, largely intact, and in good condition overall, with glossy black surface.
Provenance: Raphaël Collin (1850 –1916) Paris, France, Senator William A. Clark (1839 - 1925) private Collection, donated to Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, (1926 - 2014), American University Museum (2014 - 2021). This piece is accompanied by paperwork assembled by the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
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