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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in Egypt then in France.

Born 1900, in Volos; died 1990, in Paris.

Painter. Figure compositions, figures, landscapes with figures.

Aristomenis Angelopoulos studied painting in Alexandria, Egypt, where he lived from 1916 until 1955. He was a director and teacher at the painting section of the Khartoum Institute in Sudan between ...

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C. Hobey-Hamsher

(fl later 4th century bc–early 3rd).

Greek painter. Born in Egypt, Antiphilos was a pupil of Ktesidemos. Although none of his works survives, he painted both large and small pictures and was famous for the facility of his technique (Quintilian: Principles of Oratory XII.x.6). Pliny (Natural History XXXV.114, 138) listed many of his pictures, which included portraits (Philip II and Alexander the Great with the Goddess Athena, in Rome in Pliny’s day; Alexander the Great as a Boy, also taken to Rome; and Ptolemy I of Egypt Hunting) and mythological subjects (Hesione; Dionysos; Hippolytos Terrified of the Bull; and Cadmus and Europa), all of which were in Rome in Pliny’s day. He also painted genre pictures: A Boy Blowing a Fire, a painting much admired for the reflections cast about the room and on the boy’s face, and Women Spinning Wool. The Egyptian city of Alexandria was an artistic centre famous for the depiction of comic figures and grotesques in several media. In that context, Antiphilos contributed a picture of a man called ...

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4th century, male.

Active in the Hellenistic era.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Born in Egypt, Antiphilus was a pupil of Ctesidemus. A rival of Apelles, he is said to have slandered him to Ptolemy, becoming his slave as a result. Like Apelles, Antiphilus painted official portraits, generally of an idealised kind: ...

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Greek, 19th century, male.

Active in Paris.

Born in Constantinople, of Greek parents.

Painter. Genre scenes.

This artist lived in Alexandria and travelled in Egypt. He exhibited in the Paris Salons of 1893 and 1896.

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Galaton  

2nd century, male.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Galaton is thought to have worked in Alexandria in Egypt.

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Helena  

4th century, female.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Helena, daughter of the Egyptian Timon, painted a Battle of Issus that Vespasian had placed in the temple of Peace.

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C. Hobey-Hamsher

Greek painter of unknown date. According to Pliny (XXXV.16), it was either Kleanthes or the otherwise unknown Philokles of Egypt who invented outline drawing. Athenagoras (xvii) gave credit to the otherwise unknown Saurios of Samos for the invention of this technique, but included Kleanthes in his list of the earliest artists (those who worked before the gods were depicted), incorrectly assuming that secular subjects were depicted before divine ones. Indeed, deities were shown in at least two of the three paintings by Kleanthes held in the Temple of Artemis Alpheiosa in the territory around Olympia (Strabo: VIII.343; Athenaeus: VIII.346b–c): the Birth of Athena and Poseidon Offering a Tunny Fish to Zeus (Zeus was in labour, perhaps with the second birth of Dionysos). The third painting was the Fall of Troy. No other painting by Kleanthes is recorded, and none of his work survives.

Pauly–Wissowa; Thieme–Becker Athenaeus: Deipnosophists Athenagoras: Intercession Concerning the Christians...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1924.

Born 1905, in Port Said, Egypt, to a French mother and a Greek father; died 1990, in Seine-Port, France.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver. Figures, figure compositions, still-lifes, portraits. Stage costumes and sets.

Mayo was educated in Alexandria but went to Paris in ...

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Thorsten Opper

Often highly individualistic portraits painted on wood or canvas that were positioned over the head of a mummy. They came into use in Egypt during the Roman Imperial period and partly replaced the more traditional, idealized masks. Some 900 to 1000 examples are currently known; particularly significant collections are in the British Museum and Petrie Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Mummy portraits were found throughout Egypt from the delta to Nubia, but were concentrated in a few cemeteries in the Nile valley, such as Akhmim and Antinoöpolis, and particularly in the Faiyum (er-Rubayat and Hawara), so that they are sometimes also known as ‘Faiyum-portraits’.

The portraits were sometimes painted using very elaborate encaustic techniques, involving layers of coloured, heated wax that produced vivid chromatic tones, but cheaper versions in tempera on white backgrounds and even watercolour also occur. The insufficient state of publication of many portraits has generally not been conducive to studies into workshop connections or the isolation of individual painters; more detailed research on these aspects exists only for examples from Antinoöpolis....

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Nealces  

3rd century, male.

Active in Sicyonc.252 BC.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

Nealces belonged to the famed Sicyon school of painting. Attributed to him are an Aphrodite, a Man Breaking in a Horse and a Naval Battle between Egyptians and Persians on the Nile.

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active from 1959 in France.

Born 1931, in Alexandria, Egypt.

Painter, lithographer. Nudes.

Michel Vafiadis was a figurative intimist, painting pleasing nudes.

Vafiadis took part in various group exhibitions, including the Alexandria Biennale, 1952; Greek Painters in Paris ( Les peintres grecs à Paris...