Overview

Agatharchus


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Painter, of Samos. He was the first to make a skēnē (stage building; see theatre staging, greek), for Aeschylus (probably for a revival at the time of the Peloponnesian War), and wrote a book on ‘skēnē‐painting’, which inspired Anaxagoras and Democritus to write on perspective. He was the first painter to use perspective on a large scale (isolated instances occur on vases from the mid‐6th cent. bc), probably in architectural backgrounds for plays. His quick work is contrasted with Zeuxis' slowness. He was apparently compelled by Alcibiades (c.430?) to paint his house (with perspective scenes?). The story suggests that private houses were usually unpainted. See painting, greek.

Subjects: Architecture — Art.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.