Two Depictions of Achilles in Exekias’ “Ajax” and “Penthesilea”


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Two Depictions of Achilles in Exekias' "Ajax" and "Penthesilea"
The great figures of Greek mythology participate in various cycles that introduce new divine or semi-divine beings many times presented in the decorative arts. This paper’s discussion of the potter and painter, Exekias, refers to his Achilles & Ajax, and Achilles Killing the Amazon Queen Penthesilea, as examples of a once important art form.
They are lasting contributions of a foremost painter of vases who was also a potter. Perhaps forty pieces by Exekias survive, some in the collection of the British Museum. The works discussed are in the well known Attic Black style. Exekias signed the works that are discussed here as, ‘Exekias, potter and painter’. Eleven...
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..... to Sparta and other locations. In Athens, the black figure techniques and style arrived from the eastern Greek Islands, and reached their greatest sophistication in such pieces as those just introduced. The survivability of the Greek amphora, once an everyday storage item, continues to offer one of few clues to the development of Greek painting of which few other samples exist.
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