AO 6:05, Sep/Oct 2003
Vase PaintersThe Cast
The Antiphon Painter, a pupil of the cup painter Onesimos, began working for the great painter-potter Euphronios shortly after 500 B.C. His favorite subjects are party-goers and athletes.
Douris was one of the painters whom Euphronios brought to his workshop when he shifted from painting to potting. Douris soon became a partner of the potter Python, painting genre scenes of symposiasts, athletes and youths, as well as grand treatments of mythological stories.
Euphronios trained under Psiax, one of the most delicate artists in late-sixth-century B.C. Athens. In his later years he turned to potting rather than paintingperhaps due to failing eyesightand specialized in making signed cups for the most talented painters in Athens.
The Foundry Painter is named after a detailed representation of sculptors working on a bronze statue painted on a red-figure cup now in Berlins Staatliche Museen. From about 480 to 460 B.C., he painted cups with naturalistic depictions of athletes and symposiasts. His paintings of mythic scenes included memorable images of battling centaurs.