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red-figure vase painting


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One of the two major divisions of Greek vase painting; the other is black-figure. In the red-figure technique, the background was painted black, leaving the figures in the unpainted red colour of the pottery. Details of the figure could thus be added with a brush rather than incised through the black paint, allowing much greater flexibility and subtlety of treatment. Because of this advantage the red-figure technique, which developed in Athens from about 530 bc, gradually superseded the black-figure technique.

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