Image Resources | Currently on View in Leah and Charles Redish Gallery
The Agrigento Painter presents another scene of Hephaestus returning to Olympus. Unlike the roughly contemporaneous version by Hermonax, who depicted the satyrs as lecherous beasts, the Agrigento Painter showed the satyrs as more youthful, innocent and fun-loving. Hephaestus also appears younger here, and Hermes (recognizable by his winged boots), the youngest of all the gods and the patron of travelers crossing boundaries, is also part of the procession. Hermes is shown celebrating with the lyre, a musical instrument of his own invention.