Carpenter Painter

Datesactive 515 - 500 B.C.
NationalityGreek (Attic)

The Carpenter Painter decorated vases in the red-figure technique in Athens in the last decades of the 500s B.C. As with most vase-painters, the real name of the Carpenter Painter is unknown. His name comes from his depiction of a carpenter at work on a cup now in London in the British Museum. Details of the figures in his pictures-such as the way he drew clavicles, pectorals, nipples, turned down corners of the mouth, long slender hands, and garment folds-identify his work. Although few works by this vase-painter have been identified, it appears that he painted primarily cups. The Carpenter Painter was familiar with the work of the Pioneers and particularly influenced by Euthymides.