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Who was Exekias? Black figure vase painting

By |2018-04-15T16:07:16+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Black-figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers One of the most famous Greek black-figure vase painters was called Exekias (ex-EEK-ee-us). Exekias was from Athens. We know his name because he used to write it on his vases, "Exekias painted this vase." Unfortunately, we don't know anything else about him; whether [...]

Greek Black Figure pottery – Art in Ancient Greece

By |2018-05-29T13:11:20+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Black figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers What does "black figure" mean? In Athens, in the Archaic period, potters kept right on making clay pots with mythological scenes on them. Gradually the scenes grew and took over more of the pot, and the geometric decoration took up less and [...]

Paint a Greek vase – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:17+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Greeks|

A red-figure vase painted by the Berlin Painter (Athens, about 480 BC) If you need an art project, or something you can do sitting down, here's a suggestion for a good quiet project. There are two main styles in Greek vase painting - black figure and red figure. Mostly before about 530 BC [...]