The Legion of Honor’s splendid red-figure volute krater by the Baltimore Painter (ca. 330–320 BC) suggests an analogy between the death of a contemporary warrior (depicted on one side of the vase) and the story of the legendary Greek hero Achilles (on the other) at a crucial moment within the plot of Homer's Iliad. What thoughts and emotions might have been evoked for an ancient viewer by this complex play of images? How does the Apulian artist's elaborately detailed painting relate to traditions about Achilles going back centuries before the creation of this beautiful object? The speaker, specialist on Greek mythology and Homeric epic poetry, will address these and related questions in his illustrated lecture.
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Hero in Tears: Reading Homer’s Achilles with the Baltimore Painter
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
AAC members/free; General/suggested $5 donation