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Antidotus was an ancient Greek painter, mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History


Antidotus flourished about 336 BC.[1] According to Pliny he was a pupil of Euphranor, and the teacher of Nicias the Athenian. He worked in encaustic.[2]

Pliny says that "Antidotus, as a painter, was more careful in his works than prolific, and his colouring was of a severe style." He mentions three pictures by him in Athens: "a Combatant armed with a shield; a Wrestler, also; and a Trumpeter, a work which has been considered a most exquisite production."[2]

Pliny is the only writer to have mentioned him.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bryan 1886.
  2. ^ a b Pliny 1857, p. 275.



  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Antidotus". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.