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The madness of Heracles, side A from the Madrid Krater signed by Asteas, National Archaeological Museum of Spain

Asteas (active between 350 and 320 BC in Paestum, Southern Italy) was one of the more active ancient Greek vase painters in Magna Graecia, practicing the red-figure style. He managed a large workshop, in which above all hydriai and kraters were painted. He painted mostly mythological and theatrical scenes. He is one of the few vase painters of the Greek colonies whose name comes down to us.

Selected works[edit]

  • Berlin, Antikensammlung
Calyx krater F 3044 [1]
  • Kassel, Staatliche Museen
  • Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum
Calyx krater 81.AE.78 (2006 als Fund aus einer Raubgrabung an Italien zurückgegeben) [2]
  • Paris, Musée National du Louvre
Lekanis K 570 [3]
  • Tampa, Tampa Museum of Art
Hydria 89.98 [4]


  • Arthur Dale Trendall. The red-figured vases of Paestum. Rome: British School, 1987.
  • Erika Simon. Ein neuer signierter Kelchkrater des Asteas. In: Numismatica e antichità classiche. Quaderni ticinesi 31 (2002) 115-127.
  • Erika Simon. The Paestan painter Asteas. In: Greek vases. Images, contexts and controversies. Proceedings of the conference sponsored by the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University, 23–24 March 2002 (Leiden 2004), p. 113-122.