K12.13 THE BIRTH OF DIONYSUS
|Museum Collection||National Archaeological Museum of Taranto|
|Catalogue No.||Taranto 8264|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Apulian Red Figure|
|Painter||Name vase of the Painter of the Birth of Dionysos|
|Date||ca 405 - 385 B.C.|
Detail of the central figures from a painting depicting the birth of Dionysus. The new-born god emerges from the thigh of Zeus. He wears a wreath of vine-leaves and stretches out his arms either to ward off or embrace the goddess reaching him. Zeus reclines on a hill, crowned with a wreath and holding a royal sceptre. Behind him stands the god Apollo (see image below), above the shepherd Pan, and below him Hermes who will deliver the infant to the foster care of Silenus and the Nysiad Nymphs. The goddess trying to grab the child is probably Hera. She carries a royal sceptre and wears a diadem crown.