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ID: 500115427
 
Record Type: Person
Nikosthenes (Attic potter and workshop owner, active ca. 550-ca. 505 BCE)

Note: Nikosthenes was the operator of one of the largest potteries of 6th century BCE Athens. Over 150 vases have been discovered with his signature (Nikosthenes Epoiesen- "Nikosthenes made it") as the potter or the manufacturer. He signed vases that clearly were made by different artists, indicating that he was probably the owner of the workshop; his signature thus served as a kind of brand name or trademark for the shop. Nikosthenes employed painters of varying abilities, including Oltos, Lydos, and the Nikosthenes Painter. Proficient in both black-figure and red-figure techniques, his workshop bridged the transition between the two styles in Athens. Nikosthenes was a clever businessman and an inventive potter. His workshop was one of the first to use the red-figure technique, and he developed other variant styles, such as black-figure on white-ground and Six's technique, designed to compete with this new red-figure. He produced a wide range of vessels, but his shop is most famous for vases such as kyathoi and Nikosthenic amphorai, designed specifically for export to Etruria. Pamphaios eventually took over Nikosthenes' workshop.

Names:
Nikosthenes (preferred,V,display)

Nationalities:
Greek (preferred)
Ancient Greek
Attic
Athenian

Roles:
artist (preferred)
potter
owner

Gender: male

Events:
active:   ca. 550-ca. 505 BCE  Athens (Periféreia Protevoúsis, Greece) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
predecessor of ....  Pamphaios  
..........................  (Greek potter, active 510-480 BCE) [500055337]
related to ....  Bellerophon Class  
..................  (Attic vase painters, active ca. 540-530 BCE) [500057945]
worked with ....  Epiktetos  
....................  (Greek vase painter, active ca. 520-490 BCE) [500118919]
worked with ....  Lydos  
....................  (Greek vase painter, active 565 -535 BCE) [500004732]
worked with ....  Nikosthenes Painter  
....................  (Attic vase painter, active 510-ca. 500 BCE) [500116381]
worked with ....  Oltos  
....................  (Attic vase painter, active ca. 525-500 BCE) [500011211]
worked with ....  Painter N  
....................  (Attic vase painter, active ca. 539-520 BCE) [500116410]

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

Biographies:
(Attic potter and workshop owner, active ca. 550-ca. 505 BCE) ..... [VP Preferred]
(potter, ca.550-510 BC) ..... [GRLPSC]
(Greek undetermined) ..... [Grove Art]

Sources and Contributors:
Nikosthenes ........ [GRLPSC Preferred, Grove Art Preferred, JPGM Preferred, VP Preferred]
.........................  Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters (1978)
.........................  Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters (1984)
.........................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
.........................  Grove Art Online (2008-) accessed 17 April 2013
.........................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)

Subject: ........ [GRLPSC, Grove Art, JPGM, VP]
....................  Beazley, Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters (1978)
....................  Beazley, Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters (1984)
....................  Boardman, Athenian Black Figure Vases (1974)
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  Grove Art Online (2008-) accessed 17 April 2013
....................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 25 June 2002
....................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-)
....................  Richter, Attic Red-Figured Vases (1958)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-) accessed 24 Apr 2003
.......... Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 25 June 2002
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