Kleophrades Analysis

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At the Penn Museum, I observed an Attic Red Figure Stamnos. The piece was created in Attica, Greece in approximately 490 B.C.E. and is attributed to the Kleophrades Painter. According to a publication by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Kleophrades painter was a prominent artist of Athenian vase painting. The Kleophrades painter, a name assigned to the artist because his true name remains unknown, has almost ninety works that have been attributed to him. Archaeologists and Art Historians have studied and analyzed the Kleophrades painter’s style, and can therefore identify pieces decorated by him. This piece was made either in the late Archaic period or early Classical period in Ancient Greece, when culture and art were flourishing. …show more content…
On both sides, the heroes are pictured in the nude, which is a typical depiction of men in Ancient Greece. Both men are idealized, pictured youthful and muscular, and fairly generic. They are seen mainly in profile, without much turning or twisting of the body which would come later in sculpture during the Hellenistic Period. In both images, the heroes are slightly out of proportion, taking up the majority of the picture frame and overpowering the animals they are defeating. The little depth in the compositions is created by the singular trees in the separate backgrounds, but this is typical of pottery decoration at the time. Both compositions are made of strong diagonals, moving the viewers eye throughout the scene. The decorative elements of the composition include a patterned ground line that wraps around the stamnos, that may be influenced by the patterns from the Geometric period that occurred earlier in Ancient Greek Art. The artist has the ability to create fine lines because of the use of the red-figure technique, and also includes red accents in both compositions: one as a drip of blood as the lion bites into Heracles’ leg, the other as sash worn around Theseus’

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