Red-figure calyx krater
Artist Niobid Painter
Date ca. 460-450 BCE
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).