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ID: 500027430
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ulan/500027430

 
Record Type: Person
Exekias (Greek vase painter, active 540-520 BCE)

Note: Exekias worked as a potter and vase painter in the black-figure technique in Athens from about 540 to 520 BCE. He began his career as a potter for a workshop of vase painters who are collectively known as Group E. At some point, he separated from Group E and began to decorate vases as well as potting them. Exekias was a remarkably innovative artist, and his work as both a potter and painter made him especially sensitive to the relationship between a vase's form and its decoration. As a potter, he appears to have invented new shapes and redesigned old ones. As a painter, his work was incredibly detailed and took advantage of the engraving-like quality of the black-figure technique. Scholars admire the dignity and solemnity of Exekias's figures and the new ways in which he depicted standard Greek myths. Rather than showing the action of the story, as was the usual habit of artists at this time, Exekias chose to depict the moment before or after the action, introducing a new emphasis on the psychology of a scene. He also may have invented a new vase painting technique called coral red, in which parts of the vase intentionally turn red during firing, rather than the usual black.

Names:
Exekias (preferred,V,display)

Nationalities:
Ancient Greek (preferred)
Greek
Athenian

Roles:
artist (preferred)
vase painter

Gender: male

Events:
active:   ca. 540-520 BCE  Athens (Periféreia Protevoúsis, Greece) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
teacher of ....  Lysippides Painter  
..................  (Attic vase painter, active 530-510 BCE) [500012587]
worked with ....  Group E  
....................  (Greek vase painters, active ca. 560-540 BCE) [500055362]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Exekias (I)

Biographies:
(Greek vase painter, active 540-520 BCE) ..... [VP Preferred]
(vase-painter, ca. 545-530 BC) ..... [GRLPSC]
(Greek pottery painter, 6th c. B.C.) ..... [BHA]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Exekias ........ [BHA Preferred, GRLPA Preferred, JPGM Preferred, VP Preferred]
.................  Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters (1978)
.................  Clark et al., Understanding Greek Vases (2002) 40
.................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)

Subject: ........ [BHA, GRLPA, JPGM, VP]
....................  Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters (1978)
....................  Boardman, Athenian Black Figure Vases (1974)
....................  Clark et al., Understanding Greek Vases (2002) 40
....................  Encyclopedia of World Art (1959-1987)
....................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)
....................  Oxford Classical Dictionary (1970)
....................  Praeger Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Civilization (1967)
....................  Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Künstler (1980-1986)
....................  Who's Who in the Ancient World (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-) accessed 29 Apr 2003
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