Heracles entering Mount Olympus, olpe by the Amasis Painter, dated to within 550–530 BC. Inscription: AMASIS MEΠOIESEN, Amasis m'epoiesen, "Amasis made (me)". Located in the Louvre Museum, Paris.
|Born||Before 550 BC
Athens or Egypt
|Died||About 510 BC|
|Nationality||Greek or Egyptian, the latter preferred|
|Works||About 90 vase paintings|
|Patrons||Possibly Solon, if he was from Egypt|
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The Amasis Painter (active around 550-510 BCE in Athens) was an ancient Greek vase painter of the black figure style. He owes his name to the fact that eight of the potter Amasis's manufactured marked work ("Amasis made me") are painted by the same painter, who is therefore called the Amasis painter. Today some 90 works are attributed to this artisan.
In the earlier works attributed to Amasis, the previous artistic tradition is evident, employing excessively long figures with small heads and angular movements. Contrary to his predecessors he soon began to fill his work with life and tension. He loosened his figures up and created new composition forms. The trigger for this change was most likely around 540 BCE when imported red figure painting appeared with its new representation possibilities, which obviously inspired him to use richer ornamentation, transferring it, as far as possible, to his black figure painting. Contrary to some younger contemporaries, like the Andokides Painter, whom he perhaps influenced, he held to the black figure style and did not change over. Nevertheless he seems to have occasionally attempted the red figure style.
The name Amasis, a hellenized form of the Egyptian A-ahmes, has resulted in much scholarly debate. There are two suggestions: that he was an Athenian named after the king Amasis, or that he was an Egyptian or Naucratian immigrant to Athens. Those who support the former hypothesis argue that the potter and the painter are two different men. A further argument in support of his non-Athenian origin is the period in which he lived. Solon set out to see the world and came to the court of Amasis in Egypt (Herodotus I,30-46); while there Solon encouraged craftsmen to settle in Athens by offering them Athenian citizenship.
- Athens, Acropolis Museum
- Pinax 2510
- Berlin, Antikensammlung
- Bauchamphora F 1688 • Amphora F 1691 • Fragment einer Bauchamphora F 1692
- Bloomington, Indiana University Art Museum
- Amphora 71.82
- Boston, Museum of Arts
- Halsamphora 18026 • Amphora 01.8026 • Amphora 01.8027 • Kylix 10.651
- London, The British Museum
- Olpe B 52 • Olpe B 471
- Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum
- Schale 79.AE.197
- München, Staatliche Antikensammlung
- Bauchamphora 1383 • Amphora 8763
- New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Bauchamphora 06.1021.69 • Amphora 56.171.10
- Paris, Musée National du Louvre
- Schalen-Skyphos A 479 • Amphora F 25 • Amphora F 26 • Oinochoe F 30 • Amphora F 36 • Schale F 75
- Würzburg, Martin von Wagner Museum
- Amphora L 265
- The Amasis Painter, The Journal of Hellenic Studies Vo. 78 (1958), pp. 1-3
- Encyclopedia of ancient Greece By Nigel Guy Wilson Page 40 ISBN 978-0-415-97334-2 (2006)
- Greek colony founded during the reign of Amasis II
- Twelve Greeks and Romans who changed the world By Carl J. Richard Page 37 ISBN 0-7607-8256-3 (2003)
- John Beazley. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956.
- Dietrich von Bothmer. The Amasis Painter and His World. Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. Malibu, California, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985. ISBN 0-500-23443-4, ISBN 0-89236-086-0
- Papers on the Amasis Painter and His World. Colloquium sponsored by the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities and symposium sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum. Malibu, California, J. Paul Getty Museum 1987. ISBN 0-89236-093-3
- Semni Karouzou. The Amasis Painter. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956.