Title: Amphora with Herakles and Apollo
Date: 530–510 BC
Culture: Greek, Attic
Artist: attributed to the Antimenes Painter
active 530–510 BC
Period: Archaic period
c.600–480 BC
Medium: black-figure ceramic
Dimensions:
15 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (38.7 x 26.7 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 39:1921
Place associated: Athens, Attica, Greece
Current Location: On View, Gallery 259
Notes:
The scene on this vase shows an argument between siblings: the mortal hero Herakles and his divine half-brother Apollo. Enraged that Apollo’s priestess at the sanctuary of Delphi would not provide him with an answer to his question, Herakles tries to steal the sacred tripod. Here we see the brothers struggling to hold on to the tripod. Each is flanked by a female supporter: at left Artemis accompanies her twin brother Apollo, and Athena, patron and protector of Herakles, is shown at right. These figures are identifiable by a series of attributes or accessories. Herakles has his wooden club and lion skin, Apollo has his quiver of arrows, and Athena has her helmet. White paint was used to distinguish the female characters.
Provenance
- 1921
Dr. George B. Leighton, New York, NY, USA [1]

1921 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Dr. George B. Leighton [2]


Notes:
[1] Adolf Furtwangler saw the vase on a trip to St. Louis in 1904, and published a description of it in 1905 [Furtwangler, A. "Antiken in den Museen von Amerika." Munich, 1905, p. 243, no. 5]. A 1922 article states that the amphora "has been in the [City Art] Museum a long time, but has only been recently acquired by purchase." The article confirms that Furtwangler saw the vase in St. Louis in 1904 where it was apparently displayed in the World's Fair and then loaned to the City Art Museum until its acquisition in 1921 [Davis, Charles Percy. "Greek Painted Vases." City Art Museum Bulletin (1922) p.1-15].

[2] Bill of sale dated July 11, 1921 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, July 8, 1921.
Exhibition History
Title: Myths and Mythology, The Language of the Gods
Date: October 18, 1973 - February 3, 1974
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Hercules: Hero of the Ancient World
Date: March 09–August 18, 1991
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Ceramics from the Collection
Date: March 26 – May 19, 1985
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Handbook of the Collections
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters
Year Published: 1956
Title: Beazley Archive
Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The Cover
Periodical Title: Journal of the American Medical Association
Author: Phil B. Fontanarosa M.D.
Title: Studies of the Exploits of Herakles on Vases: II. The Theft of the Delphic Tripod
Periodical Title: American Journal of Archaeology
Author: Stephen Bleecker Luce
Title: Der Antimenesmaler
Periodical Title: Kerameus 7
Author: Johannes Burow
Title: Greek Painted Vases
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Edition: January
Year Published: 1922
Title: Black-Figured Amphora
Periodical Title: The Masterpiece of the Week
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Neue Denkmaler antiker Kunst: Antiken in den Museen von Amerika
Year Published: 1905
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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