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Two Muses on Mount Helicon I | by Egisto Sani
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Two Muses on Mount Helicon I

This lekythos, found in a young girl’s grave, was painted by the so-called “Achilles Painter”. The lekythos features a muse, perhaps Erato, playing the kithara on Mount Helicon, while another woman (perhaps another muse) stands by.

The Achilles Painter shows the mastery of the rendering of perspective found in the late fifth century work. The two Muses are given a proper profile eye and the foreshortened frontal foot of the Muse on the left appears realistic.

(Source: Perseus WEB site)


Inscriptions: The outcropping is labeled H Λ Ι Κ Ο Ν, "Helicon": the Muse’s Mount. A three lines inscription is painted between the two muses,

Α Ξ Ι Ο Π Ε Ι Θ Η Σ / Κ Α Λ Ο Σ / Α Λ Κ Ι Μ Α Χ Ο", "Axiopeithes, the son of Alkimachos, is handsome."



Attic white grounded red figured Lekythos

from Attica

Classical period, ca. 445 BC

Attibuted to “Achilles Painter”

Munich. Antikensammlungen.




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Taken on July 7, 2010