Ross Brendle is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Archaeology, focusing on ancient Greek art and in particular Attic vase-painting. His dissertation examines the specialized uses of Attic black-figure pottery after the introduction of the red-figure technique. In the fall, he will be the Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Week 14–Wrapping Up, Looking Ahead

This week brought the end of our 13 week experiment. Meeting again at the museum, students gave individual and group presentations outlining how they decorated their tiles and kylikes and what worked and what did not. There was broad agreement on some things (like the need for a saggar box–a protective container to shield the […]

Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics

Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics from the Archaeological Museum This paper discusses the work of a Spring 2015 course in which students across disciplines at JHU collaborated with Baltimore Clayworks to attempt to recreate red-figure Greek vases from the museum’s collection.  The course brings together scholars in art history, archaeology, art conservation, materials science, and most […]

The Pederastic Gaze in Two Greek Vases

The Pederastic Gaze in Two Greek Vases in the JHUAM The institution of pederasty (the characteristically Greek relationships between men and boys) was a recurring theme in the art of the ancient Greeks. Many of these images have an unmistakably erotic quality, while others take a more nuanced approach. Two red-figure cups in the JHUAM […]

Kylix attributed to the Antiphon Painter

The exterior of this red-figure cup depicts the pankration, a Greek no-holds-barred fighting sport combining boxing and wrestling.  Only biting and eye gouging were banned.  Here, one of the athletes attempts to gouge his opponent and is reprimanded by the referee.  The interior shows a single boy, wrapped tightly in his mantle.  A sponge and […]

Kylix attributed to the Proto-Panaitian Group

  On the tondo of this red-figure cup, a satyr decorated with a garland rides a wineskin.  He appears surprised and losing his balance.  Around the edge of the tondo, an inscription praises the beauty of Panaitios (ΠΑΝΑΙΤΙΟΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ, “Panaitios is beautiful”), from whom the Proto-Panaitian Group of vases (closely related to the earlier work […]

Kylix attributed to Douris

The scene on the interior of this Attic red-figure cup, from the early phase of the vase-painter Douris’ career, shows a Greek hoplite, with the typical round shield, corselet, greaves, and crested helmet.  An archer carrying a quiver strides alongside him in a striped outfit with long sleeves, trousers, and pointed cap with ear flaps […]

Kylix attributed to the Kiss Painter

The scene in the tondo of this Attic red-figure cup is set in a Greek gymnasium, indicated by the sponge and aryballos hanging at the rear, and the pick-like tool on the ground, used for leveling sand in the long-jump pit. Since the boy stands on a platform, some scholars have read the figure as […]