• Krater
    Lucanian Red-Figure, The Amykos Painter, c. 420 BCE
    The University of Melbourne Art Collection
    Gift of David and Marion Adams
    © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to the Ian Potter Museum of Art

  • Images of Life: Ancient Greek Vases

    Curated by Dr Heather Jackson

    Tuesday 26 Apr 2016 to Sunday 18 Sep 2016
    Exhibition concept: Dr Andrew Jamieson

    At the end of the Late Bronze Age, Greece was plunged into a Dark Age lasting for several centuries. In the 9th century BCE there was a revival of economic and artistic activity that culminated in the glories of the Classical period. During this time black-figure and later red-figure vase painting techniques developed, enabling artists to produce some of the most distinctive artistic works of ancient Greece...(more)At the end of the Late Bronze Age, Greece was plunged into a Dark Age lasting for several centuries. In the 9th century BCE there was a revival of economic and artistic activity that culminated in the glories of the Classical period. During this time black-figure and later red-figure vase painting techniques developed, enabling artists to produce some of the most distinctive artistic works of ancient Greece.

     

    Most of the important pottery producing centres of the Greek world are represented in the University of Melbourne’s Classics and Archaeology Collection: Athens, Corinth, east Greece and south Italy. The Greek vase collection held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art covers the period from the thirteenth to the fourth centuries BCE, and is regarded as one of the most significant in Australia.

     

    The images and iconography of Greek vase-painting are a tremendously rich resource for looking into the attitudes and values of the ancient Athenians and classical civilization. The diversity of scenes provides one of the best sources for understanding Greek society, from daily life to religious beliefs. Images of Life includes vases showing mythical narratives and heroic subjects alongside more prosaic scenes such as sporting events, music lessons, domestic chores and children at play, all painting a vivid picture of life in ancient Greece.

     

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