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The most famous of Greek black-figure vase painters, active in the second half of the 6th century bc. Among the best-known works with his signature are an amphora (wine jar) showing Achilles and Ajax gaming (versions BM, London, and Vatican Mus.) and a splendid cup showing Dionysus in his boat (Antikensammlungen, Munich). Many of the works signed by Execias contain battle scenes, but he was able to impart an air of dignity and grandeur even to the most ordinary activities, and his greatest gift was perhaps for conveying pathos and psychological insight.

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