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date: 23 August 2019




Active in the Hellenistic era.

Born to a family originally from Alabanda (Caria).

Painter, decorative designer.

Ancient Greek.

According to Vitruvius, Apaturius decorated the walls of the Ekklesiasterion (great hall) of Tralles with an extraordinary sequence of paintings. Against a rich architectural background with an abundance of trompe l'œil carving (statues, centaurs supporting architraves, lion-headed cornices), was a second layer consisting of domes, porches, half-pediments and other architectural motifs. The artist was skilled in the manipulation of the different types of shading needed to make the objects depicted appear to be in true relief. The inhabitants of Tralles were delighted, until the mathematician Licymnius pointed out that it was impossible to have houses and columns resting on the roofs and the tiles of other houses and persuaded Apaturius to change his original decoration. This painter is interesting as a precursor of the decorative style popular at the time of Vitruvius - a style that was purely ornamental and which did not concern itself with architectural practicalities....

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