The fight between pygmies and cranes.

Krater painting.
Clay. 4th century BCE.

Florence, National Archaeological Museum
(Museo archeologico nazionale di Firenze)

Description:
Grotesque sounds quite often in Etruscan paintings, even in scenes of battles and abductions. The fight between pygmies and cranes is represented in this manner on one of the red-figure kraters from Volterra workshop (ill. 145). In Greek vase painting this plot was introduced in order to soften the sternness or solemnity of adjacent images. It provoked a smile. But Etruscan painter exaggerates everything: shortish Africans with rude movements, distorted, nearly grotesque, faces seem to be ugly and deformed; and the spectator’s reaction is different. This is the originality of Etruscan interpretation of Hellenic plots, its sharpness of feelings expression, of drawing contour lines, not speaking about colour differences.
Credits:
© Photo, text: G. I. Sokolov. ISKUSSTVO ETRUSKOV. M., Izd-vo “Iskusstvo”, 1990, s. 252, il. 145.
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