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Transcript of Greek Vases
Ajax and Achilles Playing Dice
Through the study of Greek Art, one can come to see how Greek Vases have the ability to be highly appreciated for their aesthetic values, rather than for their functional uses.
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Death of Sarpedon
*Discovered by the Corinthians c.700 BCE
*Athenians made the Black-Figure Technique their own.
*Athenian Black-Figure Technique proved to be successful by the way it rapidly enters markets that are mainly filled with Corinthian Ware.
Steps of the Black-Figure Technique
1. Painted with slip and the unpainted
portion is left on the front side.
2. Preliminary sketch done in charcoal.
3. Slip added to make silhouetted forms.
4. Details incised.
5. Some white clay might be added
particularly on women or animals.
6. Fired in kiln.
The Black-Figure Technique
*Slowly took over the Black-Figure Technique
*Dark and Light are reversed
(i.e. the figures are red and the background is black)
*Restored substance to the bodies and caused a heavy concentration on the bodies.
Understanding the Red-Figure Technique
1. Get a clay vase
2. Use a brush to paint thin black lines on the red
3. Background is painted black and the figures are
4. Red figures stand out against the black
5. Final Artwork = Red on Black
6. Fire in Kiln
The Red-Figure Technique
Lekythos (oil flask), ca. 470–460 B.C.;
* Dated back to 500 BCE
* Used almost exclusively for Lekythos (oil flasks)
* Grave offerings
* Used to resemble ivory/marble
* Light/white slip of kaolinite (clay)
Vase Cover from Centuripe
Close Up Paintings of the Vase from Centuripe
* Polychrome is the use of light brown or reddish
brown paint for male flesh in human figure scenes to
go with the normal.
* Made especially for funerary vases.
* Scenes are complex figure humans either taken from
myth or battle scenes.
* Vase painters with polychrome attempted to imitate
the varied colour scheme- also shown in "Free
* Vases from Corinth grouped around the work of a single artist or
a small circle of artist.
* Chigi Olpe Plate III: known for refined polychrome technique in
black, reddish-purple, and yellowish-brown, displys unity
focusing on stages of maturation of the Corinthian male and
everyday lives of mortal, many unrelated scenes (hunts,
horsemanship, and hoplite battle).
* Polychrome Vase from Centuripe: originally broken into many
pieces, and put back together, consists of large 2 handled dish
and a cover, abstract drawings that are not very defined.
Greek, Attic, attributed to the Dinos Painter, ca. 430 BC Ceramic
Earliest known example of a wine jug (olpe)- assigned to late Corinthian Period
Painter of the Yale
Young Warrior Seated in front of a Gravestone
By: Ashley Rabl
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Attributed to "Achilles Painter"
3rd - 2nd Century BCE