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6th century, male.

Active in Corinth, at the beginning of the 6th century BC.

Painter, potter.

Ancient Greek.

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Aregon  

7th – 6th century, male.

Active in the Archaic period.

Born to a family originally from Corinth.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

A painting of Artemis on a Griffin by Aregon once existed in the temple of Artemis Alpheionia, not far from Olympia.

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Korean, 6th century, male.

Active in Japan from 597.

Painter.

Prince Asa was the son of the King of Paekche (Kudara in Japanese) and went to Japan in 597 during the reign of Empress Suiko. A portrait in Chinese style was formerly attributed to him. It represents Prince Shotoku (who lived from 573 to 622) and his two sons (Princes Eguri and Yamashiro). The source of the attribution is the biography of Prince Shokotu compiled by the monk Kenshin of the Horyu temple. However, the figures portrayed in the painting show similarities with the Chommmoryujo byobu (Screen with Beauty beneath a Tree) in the Shoso-in, Nara, and the murals in the tomb of the Tang Crown Prince Yide (706). The portrait of Prince Shokotu in fact dates from the 8th century and its attribution to Prince Asa is simply legend. The painting was in the Horyuji Yamato temple and belongs to the Imperial Family....

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9th century, male.

Painter.

According to F.-W. Unger this artist made several caricatures of the patriarch Ignatius.

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Italian, 8th century, male.

Painter.

Lombard School.

The Lombard king Astolfo commissioned this artist to build the church of S Pier-Somaldi in Lucca.

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Chinese, 8th – 9th century, male.

Active at the court of Chang’anc.785-802.

Painter.

Bian Luan was a painter of the Tang dynasty and the most important bird painter of his generation. All that remains of his work is one signed album leaf, Dove on a Branch...

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8th century, male.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Bularchos lived in the second half of the 8th century BC. His painting Battle of the Magnesians is the first painting mentioned in the history of art. According to Pliny, this painting was bought by Candaules, king of Lydia for as much gold as could be laid out on its surface. While it is tempting to identify the subject with the sack of Magnesia ad Maeandrum by the Cimmerians, this event occurred after the death of King Candaules. The Clazomenae sarcophagi probably give us an idea of what Bularchos' work was like....

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7th century, male.

Active during the second half of the 7th century BC.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Calliphon is known to us only from Pausanias. He is said to have painted a scene showing women arming Patroclus with his cuirass, and a frieze on the theme of the battle between the Greeks and the Trojans for the temple of Artemis at Ephesus....

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German, 9th century, male.

Painter.

A monk in the abbey of Fulda.

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Chinese, 8th century, male.

Born in Kuaiji (Zhejiang).

Painter.

Chen Hong was introduced into the Tang court during the Kaiyuan period (713-742). He is known to have painted portraits of the emperors Xuanzong (713-756) and Suzong (756-762) and illustrations of imperial hunting parties.

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6th century, male.

Active at the end of the 6th century BC.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Cimon is known to us only from the evidence of Pliny; it is not possible to make any judgements about his work since, so far, none has come to light. He was described as a precursor of the great painters of the 5th century, and Pliny states that he was known for the clarity with which he drew the movements of human limbs and the naturalism of his drapery folds. He is said also to have invented foreshortening. Probably a dominant influence at this period of artistic development, Cimon of Cleonae may have taken up and expanded on the discoveries of an Athenian artist called Eumarus....

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7th century, male.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Cleanthes is known from Strabo, who mentions two of his works in a temple at Olympia, representing The Sack of Troy and The Birth of Athena. He is said to have perfected the depiction of the human outline.

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Clitias  

6th century, male.

Active in Athens.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Clitias, who worked with the potter Ergotimus, is known from his signature on five vases. The most famous of his works is the 'François Vase', named after Alexandre François who discovered it in Chiusi. This vase, a krater, is exceptional first of all for its size, with a maximum circumference of 1.81 metres (nearly 6 feet). A black-figure vase using a new technique for the time (beginning of the 6th century BC), its stylistic innovations do not exclude a number of archaic characteristics. The composition, which includes superimposed friezes of decorative motifs and processions of animals, is a survival from earlier, orientalising styles. The same is true of the shape of the eyes which, significantly, are shown frontally on faces presented in profile. While the limbs are shown in profile, the trunks of the figures are shown frontally. Despite this, Clitias has produced a composition of remarkable breadth, though with a tendency to a certain miniaturism - a tendency that was not to be taken up as Athenian vase painting evolved further....

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7th century, male.

Active at the end of the 7th century BC.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Craton is mentioned only by Athenagoras, who credits him with the invention of monochrome painting.

Spiteris, Tony: La Peinture grecque et étrusque, Rencontre, Lausanne, 1965.

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Chinese, 8th century, male.

Painter. Animals.

Dai Song was a provincial official during the period when the painter Han Huang (723-787) was governor of the province of Zhejiang. He became his disciple. He is known for his buffaloes.

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Dai Yi  

Chinese, 8th century, male.

Painter.

Dai Yi was the younger brother of the painter Dai Song. He was also known for his buffaloes.

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Chinese, 9th – 10th century, male.

Active during the second half of the 9th century.

Born 845, in Jiangsu Province; died after 930.

Painter.

In 880, Deng Changyu followed the Tang emperor Xizong to the land of Shu, where he settled. He specialised in birds and flowers and his works would serve as a model for Huang Quan (c. 900-965). His signed handscroll ...

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Dinas  

9th century, male.

Active in Greece 850 BC.

Painter, designer of ornamental architectural features.

Ancient Greek.

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Doncho  

Korean, 7th century, male.

Active in the early 7th century.

Painter.

Doncho was a Korean Buddhist monk from the state of Koguryo, who probably arrived in Japan in 610, bringing with him the knowledge of making colours, paper and ink. In this way not only Buddhist art but also a new technique and new materials were introduced into Japan, and would subsequently form the basis of Japanese art. According to the guide of the Horyu-ji temple in Nara in the 1920s, the murals in the ...

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7th – 6th century BC, male.

Born on Melos.

Painter, sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Ecphantus was born on the island of Melos, and left his inscription on a marble column that was taken from there to Venice in 1755. Today it is in Berlin. Nothing definite is known about his abilities as a painter....