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date: 08 February 2023


, painter and sculptor


, painter and sculptor
  • Karim Arafat


Painter and sculptor, of Athens. His painting was closely connected with that of his contemporary *Polygnotus, but Polygnotan ethos is never attributed to him. He painted in the Theseum (soon after 475 bce) *Theseus and *Minos; probably also an Amazonomachy and Centauromachy (see Amazons; Centaurs). In the *Stoa Poecile he is variously credited with Marathon and the Amazonomachy. The Amazonomachy and Centauromachy are reflected on vases: one Amazon is named Peisianassa, perhaps after Peisianax, who built the stoa. In the Anakeion were his *Argonauts (Paus. 1. 18. 1). He painted the Peliads (see Pelias; Medea), naming them Asteropea and Antinoe; he also painted Butes so that only head and eye appeared above a hill; analogies can be found on contemporary vases. *Aelian (NA 4. 50) says he excelled at painting horses (similarly, *Pausanias (3) says he took most care in painting Acastus' horses in the Anakeion). He made a statue in *Olympia of Callias, victor in 472; the Mariémont warrior may reproduce an original by him.


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