The Codrus Painter: Iconography and Reception of Athenian Vases in the Age of Pericles

The Codrus Painter: Iconography and Reception of Athenian Vases in the Age of Pericles

by Amalia Avramidou


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The Codrus Painter was a painter of cups and vases in fifth-century B.C.E. Athens with a distinctive style; he is named after Codrus, a legendary Athenian king depicted on one of his most characteristic vases. He was active as an artist during the rule of Pericles, as the Parthenon was built and then as the troubled times of the Peloponnesian War began. In contrast to the work of fellow artists of his day, the vases of the Codrus Painter appear to have been created almost exclusively for export to markets outside Athens and Greece, especially to the Etruscans in central Italy and to points further west.
    Amalia Avramidou offers a thoroughly researched, amply illustrated study of the Codrus Painter that also comments on the mythology, religion, arts, athletics, and daily life of Greece depicted on his vases. She evaluates his style and the defining characteristics of his own hand and of the minor painters associated with him. Examining the subject matter, figure types, and motifs on the vases, she compares them with sculptural works produced during the same period. Avramidou’s iconographic analysis not only encompasses the cultural milieu of the Athenian metropolis, but also offers an original and intriguing perspective on the adoption, meaning, and use of imported Attic vases among the Etruscans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299247805
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 01/06/2011
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Amalia Avramidou is a researcher at the Centre de recherches archéologiques at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Table of Contents

List of Figures

1. Introduction

1.1 History of Research

1.2 Dating the Work of the Codrus Painter

2. Style

2.1 The Codrus Painter and Details of his Drawing

2.2 The Style of Painters Near the Codrus Painter

2.3 Repeated Motifs and Figure-Types

2.4 Palmettes

2.5 Tondo Bands

3. Reconsidering Some Attributions

3.1 The Oxford chous

3.2 The Dresden cup

3.3 The Cape Town cup

3.4 The Cambridge Athletes cup

3.5 The Timandra fragments

3.5 The cup once in Basel Market

4. Shapes

5.1 Stylistic and Chronological Arrangement of the Vases by the Codrus Painter

5.2 Vases by the Circle of the Codrus Painter

5.3 Manner of the Codrus Painter

5.4 Comapre to the Codrus Painter and Aison

5.5 Near the Codrus Painter

5.6 The Painter of Cambridge 72

6. The Codrus Painter and his Contemporaries

6.1 The Codrus Painter and the Eretria Painter

6.2 The Codrus Painter, Aison, and the Meidas Painter

6.3 The Codrus Painter and the Group of Polygnotos

6.4 Concluding Remarks

7. Studies in Iconography

7.1 Mythological Subjects

Heroic Kings and Royal Heroes: The Codrus cup

From the Attic Land: The Ericthonios cup

The Attic Hero: The Theseus cup

Athens and the Oracle: The Themis cup

A Theban Myth as a Platform of Athenian Ideals: The Basel cup

7.2 Divine Assemblies

The Divind Banquet cup

The Brauron cup

7.3 Other Mythological Subjects

The Triton cup

The Phrixos cup

The Cassandra cup

The Astarita cup

The Amazomachy cup

7.4 Festivals of Dionysos and Dionysiac Subjects

Representations of Thiasoi

Dramatic Performances and the Codrus Painter

The Herakles cup

The Cambridge Cup

7.5 Departure Scenes and Hoplite Representations

The Zurich cup

The Naples cup

The Ex-Charterhouse cup

The Battlefield cup

7.6 Depictions of Youths and Athletes

Sport in Athens and Etruria

Athletic Scenes by the Codrus Painter and his Circle

Victors and Athletes after Training

Javelin-Throwing, Jumping, and Combat Sports

Torch Races and Musical Contests

Generic Athletic Scenes

The Seesaw cup

8. The Codrus Painter and the Etruscan Market

8.1 Attic Vases and the Etruscan Symposion

8.2 The Polysemic Value of Attic Vase-Paintings

9. Attic Sculpture of the second half of the 5th century and the Codrus Painter

9.1 Architectural Reliefs

The Parthenon

The Parthenos Shield

The Hephaisteion

The Athena Nike Temple

The Illisoos Temple

The Erechtheion

9.2 Cult Statue Bases

The Base of Athena Parthenos

The Base of Zeus in Olympia

The Hephaisteion Base

The Base of Nemesis in Rhamnous

9.3 Dedicatory and Funeary Relief Bases

9.4 Other Reliefs

Funerary Monuments

Votive Reliefs

Document Reliefs

9.5 Concluding Remarks

10. Overview of the Work of the Codrus Painter





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