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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Attributed to The Villa Giulia Painter, Greek (active c. 460-450 BCE)
Kalpis-Hydria (water jar): Youth Flanked by Two Women
Work Type
c. 475 BCE-425 BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Attica
Find Spot: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Gela (Sicily)
Classical period, Early
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Physical Descriptions

H. 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Jacob Hirsch (said to come from Gela). Frederick M. Watkins, 1941, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1972.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Beazley Archive Database #207216

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Frederick M. Watkins
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Red-figure kalpis hydria. Rounded body with ogival foot, torus base and torus mouth. Relatively large side handles, tilting upwards. The scene depicts a nude youth in profile facing right with mantle draped over his left shoulder and forearm. He holds a staff in his left hand. Two women stand on either side. On the left, the woman runs to the left, her body frontal, and her head turned towards the youth. On the right, the woman stands frontal with her head to the left, facing the youth. Both women wear chitons and himations.

Both women raise their left arms, bent at the elbows, in an apparent gesture of surprise or alarm, perhaps at the man's presence.

Decoration is limited. The figures stand on a groundline consisting of a meander and are framed by a similar band. Preliminary drawings are visible and added red is used throughout for details. Vessel is unbroken with limited chipping.
This vase is attributed to the Villa Giulia Painter, active in the mid-fifth century BCE. The painter favored scenes of everyday life and utilized stock figures to create harmonious compositions.

Publication History

  • J. D. Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1963), no. 623.62
  • Diana M. Buitron, Attic Vase Painting in New England Collections, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 120, no. 66.
  • The Frederick M. Watkins Collection, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1973)
  • Thomas Carpenter, Thomas Mannack, and Melanie Mendonca, ed., Beazley addenda : additional references to ABV, ARV² & Paralipomena, Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, 1989)

Exhibition History

  • Attic Vase Painting in New England Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/01/1972 - 04/05/1972
  • The Frederick M. Watkins Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/31/1973 - 03/14/1973
  • Veder Greco a Gela, Palazzo Pignatelli, Gela, 01/15/2004 - 03/16/2004
  • 32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/07/2016 - 05/08/2016

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