Red Figure Pottery: Technique & Style

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Between the beginning of the sixth and the end of the fourth centuries B.C., black- and red-figure techniques were used in Athens to decorate fine pottery while simpler, undecorated wares fulfilled everyday household purposes. With both Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. October. Red-figure pottery, type of Greek pottery that flourished from the late 6th to the late 4th century bce. During this period most of the more important vases were painted in this style or in the earlier, black-figure style. In the latter, figures were painted in glossy black pigment in silhouette on the orange-red surface of the vase;.

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Athenian Red Figure vase painting was invented in Athens around BCE and is often attributed to the Andokides painter. (1) The technique used to decorate red figure pots is essentially the reverse of black figure ware. The background of the pot is painted with black slip and the decorative figures stand out as reserved. Between the beginning of the sixth and the end of the fourth centuries B.C., black- and red-figure techniques were used in Athens to decorate fine pottery while simpler, undecorated wares fulfilled everyday household purposes. With both Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. October.


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