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Affecter  

active: 540 B.C. - 520 B.C. Athens, Greece
potter; vase-painter
Greek

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In Athens in the period from about 540 to 520 B.C., the artist known as the Affecter worked as both a potter and vase-painter. The Affecter may have learned his trade from the Amasis Painter, one of the leading artists of the preceding generation, but he quickly diverged from the conventional path in both his potting and painting. The Affecter's potting was technically excellent. Most of his surviving vases are amphorae, but he chose unusual, old-fashioned forms and then added variations. At a time when Athenian vase-painters stressed the narrative content of their work, the Affecter appeared uninterested and focused on the purely decorative aspects. In fact, he may not have been working to suit Athenian taste. Almost all his surviving vases have been found in Etruria, and he may have been creating vases solely for the Etruscan market.

As with most ancient artists, the real name of the Affecter is unknown, and he is identified only by the stylistic traits of his work. Scholars named him after the affected, or highly stylized, figures that appear in his work.


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Storage Jar / Affecter
Storage Jar

Greek, 540-530 B.C.

Black-Figure Amphora / Affecter
Black-Figure Amphora

Greek, 530 B.C.