[PAST EVENT] Athenian Potters and Painters: Greek Vases from Virginia Collections

August 18, 2012 - September 30, 2012
12:01am - 5pm
Muscarelle Museum of Art
611 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Athenian Potters and Painters: Greek Vases from Virginia Collections' opening at the Muscarelle Museum of Art on August 24, 2012, features vases on loan from a private collection in Virginia, with additional vases from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Chrysler Museum of Art. The collection of vases helps showcase the development of Attic pottery, beginning with the patterned decoration of the Geometric Amphora (ca. 720-700 BCE) and ending with the later red-figure decoration of the Attic Red-Figure Column Krater by the Orestes Painter (ca. 440 BC). One of the highlights of the show, a Calyx Krater (ca. 425-375 BCE) by the Nikias Painter, features the myth surrounding the birth of an early Athenian ruler named Erichthonios. The flowing drapery of the Nikias Painter--figures contrasts to the more stylized drapery of the earlier black-figure technique, illustrating the gradual evolution of Athenian painters throughout ancient Greece.

The exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art accompanies the Athenian Potters and Painters III: International Conference, which will be held at the College of William and Mary September 11-14, 2012. The two previous conferences, Athenian Potters and Painters I and II, were held in Athens at the American School of Classical Studies in 1994 and 2007. The goal of the conference is to feature a diverse group of scholars and their many different approaches to the study of Attic pottery. Topics addressed will include: iconography, painters and potters, export and trade, shapes, theory, chronology, and the influence of Athenian pottery on vases from other regions and vice versa.

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is located on Jamestown Road on the campus of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed on Mondays. Docent tours are available at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sundays and other times as announced. Admission to the Museum for this exhibition is $15.00. Admission is free for Museum members, the College of William & Mary faculty, staff and students, and children under 12. For more information about this exhibit or the Museum in general, please call 757-221-2700 or visit {{http://www.wm.edu/muscarelle, Muscarelle Museum of Art}}.

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