Attic Black Figure Amphora Analysis

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The Attic Black Figure Amphora, is one of the vases in the “Gods and Heroes” section of the Greek Galley in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This vase was probably produced during the Archaic and Classical periods when vase painting was well-known in Athens, Greece. It represents one of the Gods, Poseidon who is in controlled of the waters and brother of Zeus. The artist who created this vase seem to have used a technique that involves using red-orange colors to compliment with the black outlines. The Attic Black Figure Amphora, is a vase created to make a representation of one of the Greek gods by using materials and techniques well-known throughout Greek history. The vase was made around 540-530 B.C. and it is representing Poseidon who is in the center holding the island Nisyros. The one on the ground before Poseidon is Polybotes, a giant and there are other giants presented on the …show more content…
The reason being is just like this artist, the art is not place in horizontal bands but instead have figures the center of attention on the vase. The artist is telling a story through the figures and showed a difference of what each figure are. Three of the figures are covered from head to toe with armor and shields while Poseidon only has his strength and a piece of island in his hands. This shows a hierarchy where as in Greek culture, gods have the highest power and if anyone decide to defy them, consequences will be given out.
In addition to observing and analyzing the Attic Black Figure Amphora, one can see it comes from a period of Greece and how the artist was able to tell a historical event on a vase. Artwork of vases were important through Greek history because it gives a sense of what events happened during Greece. It also gives an idea of how the gods were portrayed and what materials were used to create this

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