3 Tutorials that teach Greek Vase Painting
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Greek Vase Painting

Greek Vase Painting

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore different types of Greek vase painting

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Image of Geometric Krater from the Dipylon Cemetery, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLA_metmuseum_Krater_Hirschfeld_Workshop.jpg; Image of Olpe from Corinth, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Olpe_sphinx_Louvre_Cp10475.jpg; Image of Amphora with Ajax and Achilles, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Akhilleus_Aias_MGEt_16757.jpg; Image of Kylix with Procession of Male Couples, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cup_Apatouria_Louvre_G138.jpg


  • Geometric

    A style of Greek vase painting, characterized by an emphasis on geometric shapes.

  • Orientalizing

    A style of Greek ceramic painting influenced by the ancient near east and characterized by floral and animal motifs.

  • Archaic

    Period of Greek art, it literally means “old-fashioned” and refers to depictions of the human figure from this period that are stiff and unnatural in appearance.

  • Black Figure

    A type of ancient Greek ceramic painting involving painting black figures on a red background.

  • Red Figure

    A type of ancient Greek ceramic painting involving painting red figures on a black background.