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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

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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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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.

Astrology developed into a scientific branch of learning in ancient Greece, but because of the opposition of the Church Fathers it was transmitted to early medieval Europe in only fragmentary form in technically unsophisticated textbooks and popular divinatory genres. Literary and scientific texts provided more general ideas about the nature and attributes of the planets which were influential on later iconography. The first significant astrological images appear in 11th-century illustrated astronomical texts (e.g. London, BL, Cotton MS. Tiberius BV), which were acquired and produced by monasteries to aid with time-keeping and the construction of the Christian calendar....

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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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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1895, in Khania.

Painter, decorative artist.

After several voyages, Photis Condoglou settled definitively in Green in 1922. He worked on pictorial decoration for several churches. Throughout his works, he showed a desire to return to the Byzantine tradition.

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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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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1910, in Athens; died 1985.

Painter, illustrator, decorative designer, poet. Mythological subjects, genre scenes, urban landscapes. Stage sets, stage costumes, icons.

Nico Engonopoulos spent his childhood in Istanbul, then known as Constantinople. After an aimless stay in Paris, he studied at the school of fine art in Athens ...

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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....