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Image Index > Kissing > Youths Watch, Crown, And Kiss Boy Athletes

Three courting pairs in a gymnastic setting, representing a progression of intimacies. The youth on the right merely wathces and admires a naked boy athlete, as he does leg stretches. The youth on the left crowns the boy with a discus, and the youth in the center embraces his admired love object and prepares to kiss him. The movement is from mere looking to touching and rewarding to kissing.

Artist Dikaios Painter
Date c. 510 CE
Museum and Inventory Number Paris, Musée du Louvre G45;Photo courtesy of Réunion des Musées Nationaux.
References and Publications ARV2 31.4
M. Kilmer, Greek Erotica on Attic Red-Figure Vases (London 1993) R59
H. A. Shapiro, "Leagros and Euphronios: Painting Pederasty in Athens." In T. K. Hubbard (ed.) Greek Love Reconsidered. (New York 2000). 22-24.
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