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Aesopus  

6th century, male.

Active in Attica in the first quarter of the 6th century BC.

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Aesopus' name, together with a reference to his brothers, was found in Attic characters on a base from Sigea in the Troad (the area around Troy).

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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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6th century, male.

Active in Attica, at the end of the 6th century BC.

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Mentioned in Pliny, Amphicrates may have made a bronze statue of a Lioness that stood at the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. It was a symbolic reference to the lyre player Leaina, a friend of one of the Tyrannicides, who was said to have cut out her tongue rather than betray the conspirators under torture....

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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 in the first half of the 6th century BC.

Born at Chios.

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

He is known to have worked in Delos. A passage in The Birds by Aristophanes suggests that he was the first to have depicted the goddess Nike with wings....

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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.

Angelion is believed to have been a pupil of the Cretan masters Dipoinus and Scyllis. In collaboration with Tectaeus he carried out an enormous Apollo (still in existence in the 2nd century BC) for the Porinos Naos. According to Athenagoras he also made an ...

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6th century, male.

Active probably in Athens.

Sculptor (stone/bronze).

Ancient Greek, Archaic Period.

The figure of Antenor dominates the history of the fine arts of the Attica of his time. Around 506 BC, he was commissioned by Cleisthenes to make a bronze group of the ...

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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 probably towards the end of the 1st half of the 6th century BC.

Born to a family originally from Chios.

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Archermus was one of a family from Chios descended, according to Pliny, from a certain Melas (though this may be Melas the son of Poseidon and a nymph, the hero and mythical founder of the town). We do know that Archermus' father was Micciades, and that his sons were Boupalus and Athenis. According to Pliny, Archermus achieved fame in Lesbos and Delos. A base, apparently supporting a sphinx or griffin and signed by Micciades and Archermus, was found at Delos. Attempts to link this base with a winged goddess also found at Delos and known for a long time as the ...

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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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Aregon  

7th – 6th century, male.

Active in the Archaic period.

Born to a family originally from Corinth.

Painter.

Ancient Greek.

A painting of Artemis on a Griffin by Aregon once existed in the temple of Artemis Alpheionia, not far from Olympia.

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7th century, male.

Pliny mentions Aridices in his list of the earliest Greek painters, saying that he was one of those who perfected the linear technique. Without yet using colour, he appears to have added an internal drawing to the simple silhouette (see for comparison Attic lekythoi (oil flasks) painted on a white background)....

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6th century, male.

Born to a family originally from Paros.

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Like many other Ionian artists of the period, Aristion must have emigrated westwards, driven by the threatening Persians. The base of a funerary monument to Phrasicleia, dating from the second half of the 6th century BC and found at Mesogea in Attica, bears his signature. In Athens, his name appears (without the place name) on the base of Antilochus' ...

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6th century, male.

Active in Attica at the end of the 6th century BC.

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

The famous funerary stele commemorating the hoplite (heavy-armed soldier) Aristion, dating from the last quarter of the century, is signed by Aristocles. His name appears again on an Attic inscription found at Hieraka....

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6th century, male.

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

Born in Sicyon.

Sculptor in bronze.

Ancient Greek.

Aristocles was the brother of the celebrated artist Canachus. He is thought to be the father of Cleoitas and grandfather of Aristocles IV. His followers were Synnoon of Aegina and his son Ptolichus. An epigram by Antipater of Sidon tells us that he collaborated with Canachus and Ageladas on a group showing three Muses. He made a ...

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6th century, male.

Active in Sicyon.

Born to a family originally from Cydonia (Crete).

Sculptor in bronze.

Ancient Greek.

Pausanias names Aristocles as one of the earliest artists and says that he was born before Zancle became Messana (which is to say, before 494 BC). Aristocles of Cydonia was commissioned by Evagoras of Zancle to make a statue for Olympia. It was a group showing Heracles struggling to seize the belt from an Amazon on horseback. Nothing remains of this work, although a fragment of marble bearing the inscription ...

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7th – 6th century, male.

Active during the archaic age.

Sculptor.

Ancient Greek.

Ariston and Telestas, his brother, are mentioned as the sculptors of an 18-foot (5.4-metre) Zeus at Olympia, dedicated by the Arcadian town of Cleitor between 600 and 550 (?) BC. He may be associated with the earliest group of bronze-makers active in Laconia....

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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