Makron Skyphos • • • • • Cup: Skyphos Painter: Makron Potter: Hieron Date: 480- 470 BC Height: 21cm •Basically, the skyphos portrays Helen of T-roy being abducted by the Paris (who is the Trojan Prince) on side A and on side B its shows her being recovered after the Trojan war by her hubby Menelaos ;) Helen was promised to Paris by Aphrodite if he voted her the most beautiful godess. •It is the only vessel that was signed by the Makron painter, although 250 have been assigned to him. •Makron and Heiron did a little collaboration with over 30 vases. This Skyphos has Hierons inscription on it. Background Shtuff The Brygos painter •Renowned as a decorator of cups •Was active as an artist around 500-475 BC •Liked to capture the moment” or the smarter way of saying it is... He has a real interest in the precise observation of human behaviour. •His figures have “restless energy,” even if they are still, it looks like they are about to jump, run etc. •He liked to paint pictures of a symposia or athletic competitions where he could indulge... In movement. •Gifted with the deception of age. (beards + Stubble) •Heads are are: 1. Very expressive 2. Long, arched brows 3. Narrow eyes 4. Long, straight noses Eros Makron Skyphos Side A What’s going on? Paris taking Helen, Eros is flying above them The soldier armed with a spear is. Paris is pulling Helen by her wristerotic nature of abduction. Helens servant person is placing the cloak over her head to disguise her. The are all names ‘cept Paris has his Greek name Alexandros... Which sounds like Alejandro kinda... :/ Paris Helen Typical of the artists love of figured detail Extra shtuff (side A) Movement Elaborate meander pattern Eros is up high/ smaller which creates the effect that he is in the distancethis creates depth. Chitons (dress things) very delicate , used a dilute glaze so they appeared three dimensional. Jandals, the hair on the lion and worn by Paris the hair of Priam and the hair of the woman/lion were also done with dilute glazwe are also done with a dilute glaze- created depth. Makron Skyphos side B King Menelaos of Sparta goes to retrieve his wifey. Beard on Menelaos (Brygos painter.. Made the link woohoo) to compare him to the young beardless Paris, who does have stubble though..ew Helen is being dressed by her servants. The central group of four is framed by 2 old men. One on the left with a white beard and one on the right with a black beard Helen Menelaos drawing his sword Extra shtuff (side B) Makron liked to do erotic scenes, helen is in frontal pose wearing see through drapery. Her womanly bits are showing. Balanced compoition, Helen on Side B mimics Paris on side A. Menelaos stands in the positioin of Paris’ comanion (the guy holding the shield on side A. All of the character people take up the whole frame. Feet are grounded and heads touch the top of the frame- he uses up a lot of the space. The Characters were very dense.