Canosan White-Ground Amphora with Protomes: Medusa and Centaurs

 
Culture
Cypriot
Creation date
Period
Greco-Roman
Materials
Terracotta
Dimensions
17 3/4 x 6 1/4 (diam.) in.
Credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Accession number
28.19
Collection
Currently On View

Highly ornate vases like this one were made in Canusium, a town in Puglia. The winged head of Medusa adorns the front of this amphora, and centaurs project out from the sides. Very distinctive Canosan vases like this one mark the first incidence of a highly dramatic artistic style in Western art that later came to be termed “baroque.”

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Greek Art

Highly ornate vases like this one were made in Canusium, a town in Puglia. The winged head of Medusa adorns the front of this amphora, and centaurs project out from the sides. Very distinctive Canosan vases like this one mark the first incidence of a highly dramatic artistic style in Western art that later came to be termed “baroque.”