Exekias Belly Amphora. Exekias. Ancient Greek vase painter and potter. Worked approx. between 550BC – 525BC. Mainly worked with technique known as ‘black figure’. Considered to be one of the best black figure vase painters . Master of psychological tension. Belly Amphora. Side B. Side A.
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Achilles + Ajax
Return of Diskouri
He signed his name onto the vase, on the rim of the vase.
Translates to “Exekias made me”
2. Used for storage of wine, honey/ oil
3. Larger neck, broader shoulder, flanged decorated handle.
4. Made and painted the vase.
5. Base of neck – Vases mid-point
6. Flanged and
decorated (not plain
7. Chain of ivy leaves
2. Achilles and Ajax
3. Three (Ajax)
4. Four (Achilles)
1. Found on the rim of the vase and also on the left behind Achilles.
2. On top-behind their heads
3.&4. Coming out of their mouths
There is a kalos inscription, it reads: “Onetorides is beautiful)
5- Achilles & Ajax (best friend)
6- Achilles’ name is inscribed next to him and so is Ajax’s’ name.
7- Achilles and Ajax are
involved playing a board game.
Unaware that the enemies are
approaching they are still playing when
the Trojans attack their camp.
8- He doesn’t show what’s happening
in the moment. Here, he’s shown what’s
happening before the battle, and in the
Kylix he showed what happened after
the pirates attacked Dionysus.
Return of the Dioskouroi or the heavenly twins Castor and Polydeuces to the home of their parents King Tyndareus and Queen Leda of Sparta.
Rhythm - Leda’s outstretched arms are mirrored by her husband Tyndareus ,who reaches up with a long graceful hand to pat the horse muzzle.
There are inscriptions labeling the characters
Movement dog is jumping up at Polydeuces
Leda offering Castor flower
1. Black figure
3. Added red ochre wash to panel before firing
4. Purple and white were used to enliven the decoration but fragility of the colours meant that much disappeared.
Incised with incredible detail
Panels filled with stars, spirals and flowers
Influenced by Corinthian Orientalising
Flat and two dimensional
Natural look – we see the corselet under Achilles’ cloak. Heavily decorated.
Silhouette – bodiesIncised Detail - There is a lot of incised detail on the horse mane , and outline of the horse’s muscles , to make it look more realistic.Added colour – Dog and Queen Leda white. Her peplos.
*The composition is balanced
and symmetrical. In the centre
is the game table and this is
framed by the two figures.
characters follow the shape
of the vase.
handles and the Spears
continue up to the top of the
Side B clearly uses overlapping to create three separate planes. Which figures are on each plane and how are the figures within each plane connected ?
Polydeuces playing with his dog
Tyndareus patting the muzzle of the horse
Leda offering a flower to Castor
What is the woman wearing ?
How does the painter depiction of this garment compare with Lydos ?
There is an emphasis on detail , not depth. Lydo’s garments are plain and flowy
Exekias has made no attempt to draw/curvy muscles in a realistic fashion.
Exekias draws people to scale, Lydos has wicked/randomly proportioned chest/ ankles/ thighs.