Gorgon Painter

The Gorgon Painter was one of the first vase painter of the Attic black-figure style. He was 600-580 BC active.

The Gorgon Painter is considered very productive successor to the Nessus - painter whose " immense " style, he drew on track. He received his Notnamen after his Namenvase, a Dinos in the Louvre E 874, is displayed on the Perseus fleeing from the Gorgons. He was the first representative of the animal frieze style in Athens and recorded here animal friezes by Corinthian pattern. In addition, he ordered his demonic wildlife in symmetrical patterns. Characteristic of his paintings are lions with box-shaped muzzle, mane of red flames and hatched mane. People he represented rare, they are always accompanied by animals or animal friezes. A complex pattern of action is unique to its Namenvase. However, this representation is the first of its kind for an Attic vase painter. Overall, the Gorgon Painter is still very dependent on the Corinthian vase painting. His human figures are considered stiff and mannered. Besides Dimoi he painted an early form of lekythoi who remembered their shape even at Corinthian Aryballen, Olpen plates, amphoriskoi, Kothone and oinochoai. The Gorgon Painter justified in his workshop a tradition that extended period of time especially in Olpen traceable yet. From Boeotia imitations of his works are known.