Red-figure calyx krater

Red-figure calyx krater

Artist Niobid Painter

Date ca. 460-450 BCE

Movement Greek

Medium Calyx krater

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris


A notable break from earlier vase paintings is the placement of figures upon different planes, a technique pioneered by Polygnotos of Thasos. Depicted here are Artemis and Apollo killing the children of Niobe, who had made the claim that her children were more beautiful than Leto’s (ie, Artemis and Apollo themselves).