The Athena Painter was an Attic black-figure vase painter, active about 490 to 460 BC. His speciality were white-ground lekythoi painted in the black-figure style.
His pseudonym, for his real name is unknown, refers to his preference for Athena in his choice of subjects. He was one of the last generation of black figure technique painters.
The Athena Painter, along with the Theseus Painter, continued the tradition of painting large standard lekythoi. His black-figure work was of high quality. Apart from lekythoi, he mainly painted oinochai. Some archaeologists identify him with the red-figure Bowdoin Painter. They may, however, simply have worked in the same workshop. His workshop was one of the production centres that developed the painting of white-ground lekythoi, which was to become especially important in the 5th century BC.
References and sources
(ArtNet): Athena Painter
Haspels, 1936. Attic Black-figured Lekythoi. (Cambridge University Press), pp. 157-60.
Beazley, J.D. (1956). Attic Black-figure Vase-painters (Oxford: Clarendon Press), pp. 522–524, 533, 704.
Boardman, J. (1974). Athenian Black Figure Vases (London: Thames & Hudson), p. 113f, 147-149, figs. 250-255.
John Boardman: Schwarzfigurige Vasen aus Athen. Ein Handbuch, Mainz 1977 (Kulturgeschichte der Antiken Welt, Vol. 1) ISBN 3-8053-0233-9, p. 160.
Krannert Art Museum: White ground lekythos with the battle of Kaineus and the Centaurs
C. H. Emilie Haspels: Attic black-figured lekythoi, Paris 1936, p. 41-165. 254-262
Matthias Steinhart: Apollon auf dem Schwan. Eine neue Lekythos des Athenamalers, In: Archäologischer Anzeiger (1993) p. 201-212.
Thomas Mannack: Haspels addenda: additional references to C. H. E. Haspels Attic black-figured Lekythoi. Oxford 2006. ISBN 0-19-726315-1, p.
Vases by the Athena Painter in Perseus
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Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire