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Image Index > Athletic Scenes > 2 Clothed Youths Court 2 Athletes

A gymnastic scene, with two pairs of age-equal youths, consisting in each case of a clothed admirer and naked athlete. The athlete on the left holds a flower he has received from his admirer, and looks at it, simultaneously meeting and reciprocating his admirer's gaze. The pair on the right lacks the same visual engagement: the admirer holds a gift, but the athlete is too absorbed in his activity to notice.

Artist Eretria Painter
Date c. 425 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number San Antonio Museum of Art 86.134.80
References and Publications H. A. Shapiro, C. A. Picon, and G. D. Scott III (eds.), Greek Vases in the San Antonio Museum of Art, (San Antonio 1995) 186-87
A. Lezzi-Hafter, Der Eretria-Maler (Mainz 1988) no.17
T. K. Hubbard, "Pindar, Theoxenus, and the Homoerotic Eye." Arethusa 35 (2002) 277-81.
Other Views of Same Object 168 3
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