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5th century, male.

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

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

This name is found on the volute krater found at Altamura and now in London. Some of his red-figure pottery has been found at Spina. He seems to have been active between 470 and 455 BC. His work is generally found on large vases and depicts solemn scenes, airy compositions imbued with a religious sense reminiscent of Aeschylus. The draperies are painted with a sense of volume, but the anatomy is still archaic in style....

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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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6th century, male.

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

Painter, potter.

Ancient Greek.

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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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5th century, male.

Active at the end of the 5th century BC.

Born to a family originally from Ceramicus (the potters' quarter of Athens).

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Antiphanes worked on the frieze of the Erechtheum. His name appears on the register of payments for 408/407 BC....

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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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6th – 5th century, male.

Active 500 to 480 BC.

Painter, potter.

Ancient Greek.

The Berlin Painter is so called because an amphora painted by him, depicting, on one side, Silenus with a Lyre and, on the other Hermes with Silenus and a Hind, is preserved in Berlin. More than two hundred other vases, varying in quality, have been attributed to this artist. Those dating from the first two decades of his career are rigorous in style, while those from the following two decades are stylistically weaker and may be the work of a pupil....

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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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Chelis  

6th century, male.

Active in Atticac.500 BC.

Potter.

Ancient Greek.

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5th century, male.

Active between 430 and 410 BC.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

The Cleophon Painter is thus known as he painted the pottery made by Cleophon. He decorated a wide range of vases - stamnoi, kraters, amphoras, hydriai - with red-figure designs. A follower of Polygnotus, he was skilled in the painting of fluid draperies, dramatic feelings and faces with dreamy expressions. He paints with such ease that it seems that nothing is difficult. Faces, bodies and clothes are drawn with a clear and delicate line, where nothing clumsy interferes with the composition and only the essential is included. The figures are equally well drawn whether full-face or in profile, while the draperies gracefully embrace the shape of the bodies. Anything but insipid, these scenes mark one of the peaks in Attic Classical art....

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6th – 5th century, male.

Active between 500 and 480 BC.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

The Cleophrades Painter, Epictetus II, is known to have collaborated at least once with the potter Cleophrades, on the pelike no. 535 in Berlin which bears the signature of both the potter and the artist. The style of painting on this pelike is different from that of Epictetus I, and is found on many pieces of pottery made by Cleophrades. The habit has grown up, as a result, of calling Epictetus II 'the Cleophrades Painter'. While it runs the risk of a confusion between the painter and the potter Cleophrades, this convention means that there is no danger of confusing Epictetus II with Epictetus I....

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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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5th century, male.

Painter, sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Damophilus worked with Gorgasus on the temple of Ceres, Liber and Libera in Rome around 493 BC. Zeuxis is said to have been his pupil. Some terracottas and paintings attributed to him have been found in Corinth and Etruria....

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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 century BC, male.

Active during the first half of the 6th century BC.

Potter.

Ancient Greek.

Ergotimus is known principally for having made, with the painter Clitias, the famous François Vase (Archaeological Museum, Florence).

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7th century BC, male.

Born c. 7th century BC, in Corinth.

Sculptor, painter.

Ancient Greek.

Eucheir, according to Pliny the Elder, travelled with Damaratus and Eugrammus to Etruria. He was a potter, and can probably be identified with the artist who, according to Aristotle, invented painting in Greece....