K10.1 ZEUS & APHRODITE
|Museum Collection||The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu|
|Catalogue No.||Malibu 86.AE.680|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Apulian Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Painter of Louvre MNB 1148|
|Date||ca. 350 - 340 B.C.|
Detail of Zeus, Aphrodite and Eros from a painting depicting the tale of Leda and the Swan.
Zeus, the king of the gods, sits in a palace or temple accompanied by the deities of love and desire. The god is crowned with a wreath (of oak?) and bears a royal sceptre. Astrape (lightning personified) stands to his left (see image T32.1). Aphrodite wears a stephane crown, double necklace, ring and coiled bracelets and holds a device on a cord (possibly a magical love-wheel or iynx). The infant god Eros (Love) sits upon her outstretched arm grasping her chin in supplication. The scene is a prelude to the panel below which depicts Zeus' seduction of Leda in the guise of a swan.
Detail of Aphrodite and Eros.