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Kleophrades Painter  

active:505 B.C. - 475 B.C. Athens

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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.

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Prize Vessel, Athena / Kleophrades Painter
Prize Vessel, Athena

Greek, 490 B.C.

Volute Krater / Kleophrades Painter
Volute Krater

Greek, 490 B.C.

Youths & Dogs / Kleophrades Painter
Youths & Dogs

Greek, 490 B.C.

Vessel with Herakles / Kleophrades Painter
Vessel with Herakles

Greek, 480 B.C.