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Agathon  

5th century, male.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

The pyxis (small pot) signed by Agathon shows a scene of offering that, from the names of the figures, must be taking place on Olympus. The style is still 'severe', though it is freer than that on the Megacles pyxis. Stylistically, it can be dated to around 450 BC....

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Aison  

5th century, male.

Active in the second half of the 5th century BC.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek, Classical Period.

The cup in the Madrid Archaeological Museum bearing Aison's signature depicts the exploits of Theseus. Two other unsigned cups with similar scenes are undoubtedly related. Aison's masterly design reveals him as an important artist. The elegance of the decoration of the vases shows him to be a successor of the vase painter Aristophanes and a precursor of the Meidias painter....

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Amasis  

6th century, male.

Active in the second half of the 6th century BC.

Born to a family originally from Ionia.

Potter, vase painter (?).

Ancient Greek, Archaic Period.

Attic School.

The signature Amasis made this ( Amasis epoiesen), may mean that Amasis was not the artist who painted these vases, but the potter. Three amphorae, four oenochoes (wine jugs) and the remains of a kylix (drinking vessel) exist by this artist. The subjects are taken from Homer, the legend of Heracles, and the myth of Perseus and the Gorgon. The figures in his pottery are black-figure Attic in style, standing out clearly against a plain background. Their clothes are decorated with incised and often geometric detail. The artist has highlighted the clothes with a purplish red and the flesh of the women with white....

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Anacles  

6th century, male.

Active in the second half of the 6th century BC.

Potter, vase painter (?).

Ancient Greek.

Working in the Attic black-figure style, Anacles' signature appears coupled with that of Nicosthenes.

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6th century, male.

Active at the end of the 6th century BC.

Potter, vase painter.

Ancient Greek, Archaic Period.

Credited with inventing red-figure ceramic painting, Andocides produced both red- and black-figure vases. The clothes of his figures are ornamented, while his naked figures are decorative, with the muscles indicated by geometric patterns....

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male.

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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Greek, 20th century, female.

Born 23 December 1930, in Athens.

Painter, decorative artist.

Marilene Aravantino draws very fine profiles apparently made of white string inside delineated frames, in a style reminiscent of Jean Cocteau. She uses a thick, lumpy paste in faded colours. Series of paintings include: ...

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6th century, male.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

The signature Archenides [made] me ( Archeneides me) appears on both sides of an Attic black-figure cup.

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6th century, male.

Active in Attica in the second half of the 6th century BC.

Potter, vase painter (?).

Ancient Greek.

The signature of Archicles sometimes appears alongside that of Glaucytes. Little of his own work remains.

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7th century, male.

Potter, vase painter (?).

Ancient Greek.

Aristonothus' signature appears on a krater from Caere.

Rome (Palazzo dei Conservatori): krater