Black Fury Group

  • active early 300s B.C.
  • Artist, Painter
  • Greek (Apulian)

Scholars refer to the workshop of vase-painters who worked in the style of the Black Fury Painter as the Black Fury Group. The workshop was active in the early 300s B.C in Apulia in South Italy. These artists decorated a variety of vessels in the red-figure technique. The painters of this group were particularly interested in depicting emotion and frequently rendered the faces of their subjects in three-quarter view, rather than in profile, which made it easier to convey facial expressions. As with most ancient artists, the real names of the painters in the Black Fury Group are unknown. They are identified only by the stylistic traits of their work. Scholars named the Black Fury Painter and the Black Fury Group after a fragment of a vase depicting a Fury with a black face.