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Attic Red-Figure Lekythos

Meidias Painterabout 420 - 400 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The golden apples of immortality grew in the mythological Garden of the Hesperides. On this Athenian red-figure lekythos, four nymphs tend the trees, and the goddess Artemis approaches in a chariot drawn by deer, accompanied by a centaur. Although the Garden frequently appears in Greek art in connection with the labors of Herakles, it simply serves as an idyllic setting frequented by divinities on this lekythos. Gardens were a favorite theme in the work of several vase-painters in the late 400s B.C. The peaceful setting contrasted sharply with the grim reality of the ongoing war that Athens was fighting against Sparta and her allies.

The vase-painter attempted to create a sense of depth and landscape in the painting by adding faintly outlined rocks, such as those that partially hide Artemis and those supporting the Hesperids.

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Details

  • Title: Attic Red-Figure Lekythos
  • Creator: Attributed to Circle of Meidias Painter
  • Date: about 420 - 400 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Lekythos
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 91.AE.9
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 109A, Mythological Heroes
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Classification: Vessels

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