Tools of the Trade

Elizabeth Moignard

in Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780748614066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651054 | DOI:
Tools of the Trade

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This chapter shows an illustration of the black-figure side on an Athenian bilingual Type A amphora, painted by Andokides or the Lysippides Painter. There are several strands that it pursues, to which the issues raised by this vase serve as an introduction. In particular, the chapter examines the gradual standardisation of some sorts of mythological subject-matter in relation to genre scenes, and the idea of a craft-ethos as it seems exemplified in the workshop practice in the surviving output of Athens in the sixth century. The earliest figure-scenes on Athenian vases are ones that serve a specific purpose to accompany the kind which presents with a single picture of the prothesis or ekphora in a frame. This means that the standard scenes, both frames and continuous, are not narrative, though they may be illustrations of parts of a continuous ceremony well understood by the intended viewer of the vase.

Keywords: illustration; figure; amphora; Andokides; vase; genre scenes; Athens; prosthesis; ekphora

Chapter.  6838 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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