Phiale Painter

Datesactive about 450 - 425 B.C.
RolesArtist, Painter
NationalityGreek (Attic)

Over 200 vases decorated by the Phiale Painter have survived. Working in Athens in the period from about 450 to 425 B.C., this vase-painter specialized in painting small amphorae and lekythoi, although he also worked with many other large and small shapes. He was primarily a red-figure artist, but several of his vases in the white-ground technique also survive. The Phiale Painter decorated his vases with a wide variety of scenes drawn from mythology and daily life.

As with most ancient artists, the real name of the Phiale Painter is unknown, and he is identified only by the stylistic traits of his work. Scholars named him after a red-figure phiale, a ritual vessel that is rarely painted, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.