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Vase painters
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The collective term 'vases' for Greek painted pottery (II. A.) as a special sub-genre of ceramics characterized by its often rich decoration emerged in the 18th cent. when the first vasi antichi were discovered in Campania and Etruria. Since their decoration was the task of the potter, no ancient word exists for the profession of vase painters (VP), although they could mark their work with the signature ἔγραψεν/égrapsen ('has painted'). The first signatures of VP appear on early archaic, Cycladic and Corinthian pottery.

In Athens, the earliest example is Sophilus [1]…

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Scheibler, Ingeborg (Krefeld), “Vase painters”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1228930>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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