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Onesimos ( fl c. 505–c. 480 BC). Athenian vase painter. He specialized in decorating cups, mostly of Type B, which comprise virtually all known examples of his work. Like many of his fellow red-figure painters, Onesimos emphasized realistically-rendered, active figures, and depicted tableaux drawn from daily life as well as scenes from mythology.

Gymnasium scene, Petit Palais, ADUT00337

Sciron beaten by Theseus. Detail from an Attic red-figure cup,Euphronios, potter ; Onesimos, painter 500/490 BC

A number of the pieces painted by Onesimos bear the signature of Euphronios as potter. In light of this evidence of the two artists' close collaboration, as well as similarities in their painting styles, many researchers believe that Onesimos learned his trade as Euphronios's pupil. Similarly, the works of the later Antiphon Painter bear a close stylistic resemblance to those of Onesimos, suggesting that Onesimos may have served as a teacher in his own right.


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