Athena Painter

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Heracles and Atlas, on a lekythos by the Athena Painter, ca. 490-480 BCE, National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
Warrior with shield and spear in a hail of arrows, white-ground lekythos with black-figure scene, circa 475/550 BCE, Paris: Cabinet des médailles.

The Athena Painter was an Attic black-figure vase painter, active about 490 to 460 BC. His speciality were white-ground lekythoi painted in the black-figure style.

His pseudonym, for his real name is unknown, refers to his preference for Athena in his choice of subjects. He was one of the last generation of black figure technique painters.[1]

The Athena Painter, along with the Theseus Painter, continued the tradition of painting large standard lekythoi. His black-figure work was of high quality. Apart from lekythoi, he mainly painted oinochai. Some archaeologists identify him with the red-figure Bowdoin Painter.[2] They may, however, simply have worked in the same workshop. His workshop was one of the production centres that developed the painting of white-ground lekythoi, which was to become especially important in the 5th century BC.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ (ArtNet): Athena Painter
  2. ^ Haspels, 1936. Attic Black-figured Lekythoi. (Cambridge University Press), pp. 157-60.

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