Red-Figure Hydria-Calpis: Hephaestus Returning to Mt. Olympus

 
Culture
Greek
Creation date
Materials
terracotta
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly
Accession number
47.34
Collection
Currently On View In
Leah and Charles Redish Gallery - K312

The Agrigento Painter presents another scene of Hephaestus returning to Olympus. Unlike the roughly contemporaneous version by Hermonax, who depicted the satyrs as lecherous beasts, the Agrigento Painter showed the satyrs as more youthful, innocent and fun-loving. Hephaestus also appears younger here, and Hermes (recognizable by his winged boots), the youngest of all the gods and the patron of travelers crossing boundaries, is also part of the procession. Hermes is shown celebrating with the lyre, a musical instrument of his own invention.

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Greek Art

The Agrigento Painter presents another scene of Hephaestus returning to Olympus. Unlike the roughly contemporaneous version by Hermonax, who depicted the satyrs as lecherous beasts, the Agrigento Painter showed the satyrs as more youthful, innocent and fun-loving. Hephaestus also appears younger here, and Hermes (recognizable by his winged boots), the youngest of all the gods and the patron of travelers crossing boundaries, is also part of the procession. Hermes is shown celebrating with the lyre, a musical instrument of his own invention.