Red-Figure Lekythos

Meidias Painterabout 420 - 400 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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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  • Title: Red-Figure Lekythos
  • Date Created: about 420 - 400 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: h19.7 cm
  • Type: Lekythos
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=15463
  • Medium: Terracotta
  • artist: Attributed to Circle of Meidias Painter (Greek (Attic), active 420 - 390 B.C.)
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  • Subject: Centaurs, Artemis, Hesperides, Nymphs, Deer, Chariots, Gardens