Painter of the Vatican Mourner

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The Painter of the Vatican Mourner was an Attic black-figure vase painter, active in the middle of the sixth century BC and closely connected with the artists of the E Group. His real name is now known. His name vase is in the Vatican Museum[1] and depicts a mourning woman standing before the nude body of a dead man on a bed of straw. There is no consensus on the interpretation of the scene. Eos and Sarpedon have been suggested, as have Oinone and Paris. John Boardman describes him as a thoughtful but sometimes inprecise artist.[2]



  1. ^ Inv. Vatican 16589 (Albizzati 350)
  2. ^ John Boardman: Schwarzfigurige Vasen aus Athen, Mainz 1977, p. 70

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