black-figure pottery

black-figure pottery
Type of Greek pottery that originated in Corinth с 700 BC.

The figures were painted in black pigment on the natural red clay ground. Finishing details were then incised into the black pigment, revealing the red ground. The great Attic painters (mid 6th century BC), most notably Exekias, developed narrative scene decoration and perfected the style. It continued to be popular until the advent of red-figure pottery (с 530 BC).

Dionysus and satyrs, amphora painted in the black-figure style by the Amasis Painter, c. 540 BC; ...

Courtesy of the Antikenmuseum, Basel, Switz.; photograph, Colorphoto Hans Hinz

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 type of Greek pottery that originated in Corinth c. 700 BC and continued to be popular until the advent of red-figure pottery c. 530 BC. In black-figure painting, figures and ornamentation were drawn on the natural clay surface of a vase in glossy black pigment; the finishing details were incised into the black. The first significant use of the black-figure technique was on the Proto-Corinthian (Corinth) style pottery developed in Corinth in the first half of the 7th century BC. The Corinthian painter's primary ornamental device was the animal frieze. The Athenians, who began to use the technique at the end of the 7th century BC, retained the Corinthian use of animal friezes for decoration until c. 550 BC, when the great Attic painters, among them Exekias and the Amasis Painter, developed narrative scene decoration and perfected the black-figure style. Outside Corinth and Athens the most important studios producing black-figure ware were in Sparta and eastern Greece.

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