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Image Index > Athletic Scenes > Diffident Man Converses With Youth

On the left, two bathing youths with strigils turn around to look at each other directly in the face. Were they trying to steal a peek at each other then surprised to find the other doing the same? On the right, both a man and youth lean on a staff, but here the youth is very self-assured and looks straight at the man, who looks down at the ground and stretches his arms out in what appears to be a gesture of despair or helplessness. Contrast with the visual dynamics of the man-youth couples on the other side. An inscription reads "Chairestratos is beautiful."

Artist Douris
Date c. 490 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Palermo, Museo Archeologico Regionale "A. Salinas" V663
References and Publications ARV2 430.30
CVA (Palermo I) plates 15-16
T.K. Hubbard, "Pindar, Theoxenus, and the Homoerotic Eye," Arethusa 35 (2000) 274-76.D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no.47.
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