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Red-figure (Technique, Concept)

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Red-figure (en), Ceramica a figure rosse (it), Rotfigurige Vasenmalerei (de), céramique à figures rouges (fr), Ερυθρόμορφος ρυθμός (el)Additional labels


Red-figure is a light-on-dark technique used for figure decoration on a wide variety of shapes. It was invented in Athens ca. 530-520 BCE. Red-figure decoration is created by leaving figures and shapes in reserve (see Reserving) on the untreated or lightly treated surface of the vessel, often outlining them. Linear details are then created using gloss, dilute gloss, and relief lines. The areas outside the outlined figures are painted with clay slip. Vases are fired in three stages, resulting in reserved red figures (human and animal) against a black background. The red-figure technique was first used by the Andokides Painter (see Andokides Painter [Red-figure]; see Andokides Painter [Black-figure]), who is best known for bilingual vases (vessels decorated with the same scene on both sides, one in red-figure and the other in black-figure).

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