Phrynos Painter

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Phrynos painter
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Kylix painted by artist
Born Unknown. Named from Phrynos, who signed some of his works.
Before 560 BCE
Died About 545 BCE
Nationality Possibly Greek
Known for Vase painting
Movement Little masters school, black-figure paintings

The Phrynos Painter was an Attic black-figure vase painter, active in Athens between c. 560 and 545 BC. He was allocated the conventional name Phrynos Painter after the potter Phrynos, as he had painted three cups signed by the latter:

The London cup is considered a masterpiece of the black-figure style. The Phrynos Painter belongs to the so-called Little masters; his paintings are very fine in detail and lively in style. Although a number of vases can be ascribed to him, his style is not yet fully understood.

Further works (some disputed)[edit]

He also painted five small neck amphorae of the Botkin Class:


  • John Beazley: Attic Black-figure Vase-painters, Oxford 1956, p. 168-169.
  • John Beazley: Paralipomena. Additions to Attic black-figure vase-painters and to Attic red-figure vase-painters, Oxford 1971, p. 70-71.
  • Hermann A. G. Brijder: A band-cup by the Phrynos Painter in Amsterdam, in: M. Gnade (Hrsg.): Stips votiva. Papers presented to Conrad Michael Stibbe, Amsterdam 1991, p. 21-30.
  • Joan Tarlow Haldenstein: Little master cups. Studies in 6th century Attic black-figure vase painting, Dissertation University of Cincinnati 1975, p. 25-32.
  • Peter Heesen: Phrynos (I), in: Künstlerlexikon der Antike Bd. 2, 2004, p. 256.
  • Heide Mommsen: Phrynos-Maler, In: Der Neue Pauly Vol. 9 (2000), Col. 973


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