Phrynos Painter

  • active 560 - 540 B.C.
  • Artist
  • Greek (Attic)

The Phrynos Painter worked in Athens, decorating vases in the black figure technique in the period from about 560 to 540 B.C. He mainly decorated cups, as well as a few small amphoras. Liveliness and movement characterize the work of the Phrynos Painter. He included many details in his drawing and used a great deal of added red to elaborate his figures. He also typically placed panthers on either side of the handles of the vase, where other artists in this period used palmettes.

As with most ancient artists, the real name of the Phrynos Painter is unknown and he is identified only by the stylistic details of his work. The Phrynos Painter received his name because he decorated vases signed by the potter Phrynos. Scholars are uncertain whether Phrynos and the Phrynos Painter are the same person.