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Black figure Vases
Black Figure Vase Description
It's a dinos on a stand.
The surface is divided up into 5 narrow friezes which make the
pots look much neater to make the dinos look more
The bottom three friezes are filled with Corinthian style
animals. The forth is an ornate floral band of lotus flowers and
The main focus of the pot is two winged gorgons pursuing
Perseus who flees to the right towards his horses. The
beheaded Medusa is on her knees behind them while Athena
and Hermes stand to the left watching (identifiable through
The Gorgon Painter : 600590 BC. props)
Legs are drawn in profile, chests full frontal, heads profile with
the exception of the gorgons whose grotesque heads are
frontal. Regular anatomy with limbs in the correct places.
The Dinos is signed by Sophilos, and many of the figures are
The dinos is split into several friezes again with the lowers
friezes containing stylised animal patterns and monsters.
The main frieze at the top shows the wedding of Peleus and
Thetis: a great event marked by a wedding procession
containing all the major gods and many of the minor ones as
well. The procession goes all around the vase and the names
of the figures serve as filling ornaments.
Peleus stands in the entrance to his palace offering a
Kantharos of wine to the approaching gods.
The Sophilos Vase: 58070 BC Iris leads the procession, followed by a group of goddesses
which provides variety as the people are grouped irregularly.
Next in line id Dionysus as the god of wine and then the
goddess Leto follows walking alone, wearing a magnificent four
colour dress. They are then followed by the centaur Cheiron
who looks odd as the artist has painted an ordinary man and
then added the back legs of a horse, making the figure look
An elaborate volute krater.
It is divided up into seven friezes and five of these show myths.
The lip shows a group hunting the Calydonian boar. The neck
shows the chariot races that were part of Patroklos' funeral
The wide band of the shoulders is another frieze of the wedding
procession of Peleus and Thetis. Peleus waits at the entrance
to his house and Thetis waits inside as a procession of
divinities, on foot and in carts comes towards them.
Below that is the story of Troilos, which has been painted in
narrative, with Troilos painted in various places on the side of
the vase as he flees from Achilles and the water house
towards his horse. The boys hair is blown back to highlight
The Francois VaseKleitias: 570BC movement and urgency in the scenes.
Beneath that is the traditional frieze of animals and monsters.
The foot shows the battle of the pygmies and the cranes.
Kleitias has labelled both characters and objects. And has
meticulously detailed over 200 figures on the pot.
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On the handle of the volute krater, is a labelled representation
of Ajax carrying the body of Achilles. The two figures are
disproportionate Achilles would vastly out stand Ajax. And
Ajax's eye is frontal and oversized in comparison to his profile
A neck amphora that was different as it used the whole space
to produce just one image, which meant only two or three
figures would be needed.
Dionysus on the left holds a Kantharos and raises one hand to
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Ajax & Achilles: 54030 BC Exekias This was the height of black figure art their clothes are so
intricately decorated and their hair is so finely detailed, other
artists simply could not improve on this old style.
Painted on the inside of a cup: a tondo.
Tells the story of how Dionysus was abducted by pirates who
mistake him for someone else. When they tied him up they
found no bonds could hold him.…read more