Kleophrades Painter

  • active 505 - 475 B.C.
  • Artist, Painter
  • Greek (Attic)

Working in Athens in the period from about 505 to 475 B.C, the Kleophrades Painter was a prolific vase-painter--more than one hundred vases attributed to him survive. He very likely was the pupil of Euthymides, one of the group of the red-figure Pioneers. He primarily worked in the red-figure technique but occasionally used the black-figure technique with enough facility that he may have been trained in this technique as well. Among his black-figure work are many Panathenaic amphorai.

Working in the generation after the Pioneers, the Kleophrades Painter's work represents a period of consolidation after one of great experimentation and innovation. Remaining close to his Pioneer roots, he had a conservative approach, often retaining old-fashioned techniques. He favored decorating large vases, the same shapes painted by Euthymides. In subject matter, he tended to paint traditional scenes drawn from the Pioneers but with a new emphasis on scenes from the Trojan War.As with most Greek vase-painters, the real name of the Kleophrades Painter is unknown, and he is identified only by the stylistic traits of his work. His name comes from a signature of the potter Kleophrades on a cup now in Paris.