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Master of Attic Red-Figure Painting: The Art and Legacy of the Pan Painter
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Master of Attic Red-Figure Painting: The Art and Legacy of the Pan Painter (Hardback)

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Red-figure vase painting is today considered one of the most important art forms of the classical world. Developing in Athens around 520 BC, it had supplanted within a few decades the previously hegemonic black-figure painting which preceded it. The artists who took up red-figure painting were now able to represent the human form in poses and actions - whether religious, erotic or mythic - of a new and subtle complexity. In this authoritative follow-up to E A Moignard's companion volume on Exekias, Amy Smith discusses arguably the greatest of all the red-figure painters: the Pan Painter, so-called after the krater vase, now in Boston, attributed to his hand which shows the god Pan in aroused pursuit of a goatherd. The author reveals her subject as a genius who combined an artist's flair and technical brilliance with an acute and irreverent sense of the human predicament. Focusing in each chapter on a single major artwork, Smith discusses the great variety of themes depicted there: including war and redemption, pursuit and capture, music and mayhem and the daily rituals of work and religion.

Amy C Smith is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading. Her previous books include Polis and Personification in Classical Athenian Art (2013) and Brill's Companion to Aphrodite (edited with Sadie Pickup, 2010).

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