Marsyas Painter

Datesactive 370 - 330 B.C.
RolesArtist, Painter
NationalityGreek (Attic)

The Marsyas Painter is the name of an artist who decorated pottery using the red-figure technique in Athens during the 300s B.C. As with most vase-painters, his real name is unknown, and he is identified only by the stylistic traits of his work. He is named for a vase in Berlin, which depicts the myth of the flaying or skinning of the satyr Marsyas.

The Marsyas Painter and his circle were among the last vase painters working in Athens before the tradition of painted ceramics of this kind ended in Greece. The pelike, one of the favorite shapes of this period, dominates the Marsyas Painter's work. He produced vases in the Kerch style, named for a city on the Black Sea in southern Russia where many vases in this style have been found. One of the finest painters in the style, the Marsyas Painter is noted for his delicate drawing and a certain grandeur in the presentation of his scenes. His vases typically were elaborately decorated with gilding, raised relief, and unusual colors such as white, pink, blue, and green.