|Munich. The Dodwell Pyxis|
My own favorite work in Middle Corinthian is by the Corinthian Chimaera Painter and the painters in his group; I posted the one that first took my fancy last month, in this blog, before deciding that many of the pots were after all not what you'd call opera nobilia. His best plates, though, such as the Louvre one, have as much distinction as anything I can think of. A companion of his, The Painter of Louvre E574, has a tighter manner of drawing but also is very fine.
Apart from the kylixes of the Gorgoneion Group (see Amyx in AJA 65 (1961), pp. 1–15, pls. 1–15, for a very enlightening discussion of the Medallion Painter and the rest of this group), the finest miniature work of Middle Corinthian—I have already illustrated the Brussels Aeneas kylix above—the finest, perhaps the finest of all miniature work in MC, is that of the Samos Painter, and for him the kotyle Louvre CA 3004:
|Louvre CA 3004. The Hydra and Herakles' companion|
Iolaos at right. Both the figure work, the floral chain, and
the lettering, in my opinion (AJA 88 (1984) pp. 59–64,
pls. 21–23), give this a relative date of c. 585 BCE.
Here, copied from my article, are those komasts:
Just how great these komasts are can be appreciated by comparing them with those on the Berlin kotyle, Payne's no. 953, published as early as Gerhard, which are like wooden puppets rather than human dancers wearing padded festival costumes:
|Kotyle, Berlin. Payne's Necrocorinthia no. 953. Condition outstanding; art OK|
|Delos 431, Boardman, Early Greek Vase Painting, no. 370, by|
the Taucheira Painter, who often doesn't know which wing
he's engraving! But splendidly. Notice the fashion for showing
a potnia theron as if she were an ancient statue of herself.
|Here are two large alabastra in Berlin, both with tritons, as we call them. The one at left|
is itself part of the heavily embroidered "Luxus Phenomenon" that the Tocra and Delos
But, between Boardman's book and these posts, I daresay you are getting more of these things than you are used to seeing. Or are you?