Clay red-figured neck amphora.
Provenance unknown. 400 – 375 BC. National Archaeological Museum Α 15113.
© Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/National Archaeological Museum/H.O.C.RE. D. Photograph: Irini Miari.
Clay red-figure amphora from the Classical Period, depicting Atalanta.
Atalanta is depicted seated in the center of the scene, surrounded by a group of hunters, before or after the Calydonian boar hunt.
The angiographer rendered the figure of the mythical athlete and huntress with masculine robustness, a broad chest, and rudimentary female breasts, thus wanting to indicate her robust, almost masculine physique, which, according to mythological tradition, did not obscure her beauty at all.
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• Atalanta was the only heroine in mythology who could beat men in running, wrestling, and archery.
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