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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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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

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5th century, male.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

Born in Attica in the late 5th century BC, Aristophanes, painting in the 'rich' style, signed a number of cups made by the potter Erginus.

Vatican (Vatican): krater

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Assteas  

4th century, male.

Active Lucanian, active during the 4th century BC.

Vase painter.

Ancient Graeco-Roman.

Asteas is one of the very few painters from southern Italy whose name has come down to us. Three out of six vases painted by him were found at Paestum. His vases can be favourably compared with those from Apulia for richness of colour. His designs are well executed, with some elegance and flair....

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Astrology is the art of predicting events on earth as well as human character and disposition from the movements of the planets and fixed stars. Medieval astrology encompassed both general concepts of celestial influence, and the technical art of making predictions with horoscopes, symbolic maps of the heavens at particular moments and places constructed from astronomical information. The scientific foundations of the art were developed in ancient Greece, largely lost in early medieval Europe and recovered by the Latin West from Arabic sources in the 12th and 13th centuries. Late medieval astrological images were successfully Christianized and were adapted to particular contexts, acquired local meanings and changed over time....

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5th century, male.

Activec.490-470 BC.

Probably born in Northern Greece.

Potter, vase painter (?).

Ancient Greek.

The Brygus Painter is thus described after the name of the potter, Brygus, whose pottery he decorated. Although it is very probable that Brygus the potter started out as a painter, it seems unlikely that the surviving vases bearing his mark ...

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6th century, male.

Active in Corinth.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

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, male.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

Charmadas, a contemporary of Dinias and Hygiaenon, lived in the 8th or, according to some scholars, the 6th century BC.

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Duris  

5th century, male.

Activec.500-460 BC.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

Duris was a potter or the owner of a pottery, but attached more importance to his painting and worked as a painter for different workshops (Python, Caliades, Cleophrades). His works are among the most highly prized of this period. 31 vases have been authenticated, bearing the inscription, ...

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6th century BC, male.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

Epictetus' signature is found both as a painter and as a potter. In the period around 525-520 BC, vase painters moved from painting black figures on a red background to red figures on a black background. Naturally, this change did not take place overnight and some artists continued to paint in the older style while other, more innovative, artists developed a new style. Epictetus sometimes used the two techniques on the same vase, one on the interior and one on the exterior. Unlike his contemporary Cleophrades (also known as Epictetus II), however, he was not able to take advantage of all the implications of the new red-figure style. He produced little more than a negative version of black-figure painting: the white incisions indicating detail within the black figures are replaced by black lines that retain the stiffness of the incisions....

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6th – 5th century BC, male.

Active between 510 and 490 BC.

Vase painter, potter.

Ancient Greek.

Euphronius both made and painted vases, as well as making vases for other artists to paint, including Onesimus, Pistoxenus and Panaetius. In his later years, he seems to have given up painting his vases in order to devote himself to creating new forms, particularly of cups. He liked to decorate the broad areas offered by such cups, as well as those of vases such as volute and calyx kraters. His themes include scenes from the Heracles cycle and Dionysus and his satyrs, and he was happy to provide the banqueting scenes that always proved popular with clients....

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6th century BC, male.

Active 520 to 500 BC.

Vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

Euthymides was a contemporary of Phintias, with whom he has several points in common both in the variety of vases that he decorated and in the rounded depiction of the human body. He is known above all as being a rival of Euphronius, as we know from an inscription on a vase that reads: 'as never Euphronius [made like this]'. This rather naive boastfulness is evidence both of the fame of Euphronius and the rivalry between artists who worked with an eye on each others' achievements, always trying to outdo one another....

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Exekias  

6th century BC, male.

Active 550 to 520 BC.

Potter, vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

Execias may have worked with the potter Amasis, giving a very individual breadth to the amphorae painted by him. He was one of the masters of the black-figure style, most skilled in endowing even the most ordinary scenes of everyday life with a feeling of gravity. More often he depicted divinities and heroes, choosing his subjects from mythology, with a particular predilection for the story of Dionysus and his followers....

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6th century, male.

Potter, vase painter.

Ancient Greek.

Glaucytes' signature appears on a number of vases, sometimes alone, sometimes with that of Archicles.