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Exekias (E21_Person, Concept)

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Exekias (en), Exekias (it), Exékias (fr), Exekias (de), Εξηκίας (el)Additional labels


Exekias is an Athenian potter ("epoiesen") and painter ("egrapsen") active from ca. 545-530 BCE. The painter’s work is generally considered to represent the apex of the black-figure technique, characterized by elegant draughtsmanship and intricately detailed ornamentation. Closely associated with Group E, Exekias mainly decorates the amphora, but also the pinax (plaque) and cups. Among his best known works are Ajax and Achilles, Achilles and Penthesilea, the Suicide of Ajax, and Dionysos reclining in a boat in possible reference to a Homeric Hymn. The plaques depict scenes connected to the funeral and perhaps lined the inside of the tomb. Main findspots are Athens (Acropolis, Agora), Italy (mostly Etruria), as well as Samos, Miletos, Berezan, and Cyrene.

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