Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

Get access

Zeuxis
(2,692 words)

(Ζεῦξις/Zeûxis; Latin Zeuxis)

A. Historical dimension

Z. of Heraclea (probably in ancient Lucania, modern Basilicata, in Southern Italy [03.534]), a Greek painter and modeller (plastēs), was active between around 430 and 390 BC. He created works for a number of cities in Greece proper, Magna Graecia and Sicily, and for King Archelaus of Macedonia, whose palace he decorated with paintings (Ael. VH 14,17). The ancient sources (esp. Plin. HN 35,61–66 and Lucian's treatise Zeuxis, cf. [09. no. 1659–1679]) describe a broad spectrum of Z.' subjects, from depictions of dei…

Cite this page
Baumann, Mario, “Zeuxis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004789>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



▲   Back to top   ▲