>The other day one of my 5th grade students asked me the name of the >first artist. I said the cave artists were the first. He said I know >but what is the name of one of them. I said I guess the hand print >could qualify as that. I was wondering if there is a name that the >art world seems to think is the first recognizable one for creating >art with a signature. >Ellyn
Evidence of signed pottery (rare) in Ancient Greece (530 B.C. But that is
as far back as I can get. Maker and painter was Exekias. He signed,
"Exekias painted me and made me." Known artists go back farther but I don't
think they gave evidence of their names on their works. Imhotep was a well
known Egyptian archetect. (2750 B.C.)
I find the study of how different cultures at different times have viewed
the artist to be fascinating.