Special Techniques in Athenian Vases


The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases

Beth Cohen, with contributions by Susan Lansing-Maish, Kenneth Lapatin, Jeffrey Maish, Joan R. Mertens, Marie Svoboda, Marion True and Dyfri Williams


384 pages

PDF file size: 44.9 MB


This book and the exhibition it accompanies are the first to examine in detail the full range of decorative techniques on Athenian terracotta vases from the Archaic through the Late Classical period (approximately 500 to 340 B.C.). An introduction, a chapter on technical aspects of vase decoration, and nine essays accompany the 105 vase entries presented here. The techniques of these vases include coral red, added clay and gilding, plastic vases, white ground, and Six’s technique.

Table of Contents

  • Lenders to the Exhibition
  • Foreword
    Michael Brand
  • Acknowledgments
  • Map
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
    Beth Cohen
  • Technical Studies of Some Attic Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum
    Jeffrey Maish, Marie Svoboda, Susan Lansing-Maish
  • Chapter 1:
    • Bilingual Vases
    • Bilingual Vases and Vase-Painters
    • Beth Cohen
    • Entries 1–6
  • Chapter 2:
    • Coral-red Gloss
    • Coral-red Gloss: Potters, Painters, and Painter-Potters
    • Beth Cohen
    • Entries 7–14
  • Chapter 3:
    • Six’s Technique
    • Six’s Technique: Black Ground
    • Beth Cohen
    • Entries 15–26
  • Chapter 4:
    • Added Clay and Gilding
    • Added Clay and Gilding in Athenian Vase-painting
    • Beth Cohen
    • Entries 27–39
  • Chapter 5:
    • Outline in Black- and Red-figure Vase-painting
    • Outline as a Special Technique in Black- and Red-figure Vase-painting
    • Beth Cohen
    • Entries 40–49
  • Chapter 6:
    • White Ground
    • Attic White Ground: Potter and Painter
    • Joan R. Mertens
    • Entries 50–69
  • Chapter 7:
    • Plastic Vases and Vases with Plastic Additions
    • Athenian Potters and the Production of Plastic Vases
    • Marion True
    • Entries 70–89
  • Chapter 8:
    • The Sotades Tomb
    • The Sotades Tomb
    • Dyfri Williams
    • Entries 90–99
  • Chapter 9:
    • Kerch-style Vases
    • Kerch-style Vases: The Female
    • Kenneth Lapatin
    • Entries 100–105
  • Glossary
  • Photograph Credits, Catalogue Entries
  • Concordances
  • Index of Painters, Potters, Groups, and Classes
  • Abbreviations for References
  • References

About the Authors

Beth Cohen is an art historian who has published on classical Greek and Italian Renaissance art.

Jeffrey Maish, Marie Svoboda, and Susan Lansing-Maish are associate curator, conservator associate, and assistant curator, respectively, in the Department of Antiquities Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Marion True and Kenneth Lapatin are curator and associate curator, respectively, in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Joan Mertens is curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dyfri Williams is keeper of Greek and Roman antiquities at the British Museum.

Press Reviews and Awards

  • “The catalogue … is truly excellent and makes an important contribution to the study of Greek art.” —Bryn Mawr Classical Review
  • “Essential.” —Choice