The Front of a Temple and Swimming Girls by the Andokides Painter (around 520 BC)

In: Acta Archaeologica
Antonio Corso Research Fellow, Centro Studi Vitruviani Fano Italy

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This article focuses on an amphora by the Andokides Painter which dates in the late sixth-century BC, representing naked girls who swim in a basin of water with fish in front of a building endowed with a column and an architrave. Several considerations lead to the conclusion that these girls are young Athenian females in the sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia, in front of the temple built by Peisistratos. Thus, we may have the first representation of this sanctuary in our visual evidence.

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