Hydria (Water Jar)

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Niobid Painter Athens, Greece, active ca. 470–ca. 445 BC
Hydria (Water Jar), ca. 460 BC
Red-figure terracotta
16 1/4 × 15 3/4 × 13 1/2 in. (41.28 × 40.01 × 34.29 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Douglass Van Dyke in memory of Douglass Van Dyke M1964.36
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Currently on View

This beautifully shaped and decorated red-figure hydria is attributed to the Niobid Painter, one of the most gifted and inventive vase painters of the Early Classical period. The vase illustrates the north wind, Boreas, abducting Orithyia, daughter of the legendary Athenian king Erechtheus. The narrative runs around the belly of the vase, as the disheveled Boreas relentlessly pursues his beloved Orithyia.

Publication History
Sawinski, Catherine. From the Collection—Ancient Greek Vases. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, December 24, 2010. https://blog.mam.org/2010/12/24/from-the-collection-ancient-greek-vases/.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 8 and 67, cat. 2, color illus. p. 8.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 48, color illus p. 48, color details p. 44, 45.

Carpenter, Thomas H. Beazley Addenda: Additional References to ABV, ARV2 & Paralipomena. Oxford: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 1989, p. 267, no. 606.69. (as in Milwaukee)

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 19, b/w illus. p. 19.

97th annual report of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1972–73), p. 38-41, illus.

Milwaukee Journal, June 18, 1964, illus.

Beazley, J. D. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963, p. 606, no. 69. (as Lucerne Market, A.A.)

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.