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Achilles Painter

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Nationality  Greek
Name  Achilles Painter

Died  425 BC
Period  Red-figure pottery
Achilles Painter Greek vases 800300 BC key pieces The Classical Art

Full Name  Unknown. Name assigned by Beazley after a theme of Achilles painted on a Lekythos in the Vatican Museums.
Born  Before 470 BCProbably Athens
Education  Berlin Painter's workshp
Known for  Pottery-making, vase painting. He took over the Berlin Painter's workshop.
Notable work  Over 200 vases, mainly funerary lekythoi
Movement  red-figure style, white ground technique

The Achilles Painter, was a vase-painter active ca. 470–425 BC. His name vase is an amphora, Vatican 16571, in the Vatican museums depicting Achilles and dated 450–445 BC. An armed and armored Achilles gazes pensively to the right with one hand on his hip. The other hand holds a spear. On the opposite surface a woman performs libation.


Achilles Painter Greek vases 800300 BC key pieces The Classical Art

J. D. Beazley attributed over 200 vases to his hand, the largest share being red-figure and white-ground lekythoi. In his middle phase (ca. 450–445 BC), he decorates more open forms. The Achilles Painter was a late pupil of the Berlin Painter.

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The Phiale Painter became the Achilles Painter's most prominent student after he assumed the Berlin Painter's workshop. Almost a dozen other recognizable painters passed through the Achilles Painter's workshop as well. Notable painters include the Westreenen Painter, the Persephone Painter, the Clio Painter, Loeb Painter, and the Dwarf Painter. The Kleophon Painter, the Sabouroff Painter, and the Painter of Munich 2335 all spent time at the workshop as well.

Achilles Painter Amphora Storage Jar The Art Institute of Chicago


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Beazley describes him thus:

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"He is the great master of the white lekythos. His red-figure vases nearly always have a sober beauty, but few of them–like the pointed amphora in the Cabinet des Médailles–reach the height of his best white lekythoi, which are among the masterpieces of ancient drawing."
Achilles Painter Greek Vase Painting Flashcards by ProProfs

In 1962, Greece issued a stamp featuring the decoration of an Achilles Painter white-ground lekythos.

Additional reading

  • Andrew J Clark; Maya Elston; Mary Louise Hart (2001). "Achilles Painter". Understanding Greek Vases: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques. J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles: Getty Trust Publications. p. 31. ISBN 9780892365999. 
  • References

    Achilles Painter Wikipedia