The Kleophrades Painter (Biographical details)

The Kleophrades Painter (painter/draughtsman; Greek; 505BC - 470BC; fl.)

Also known as

Kleophrades Painter


Athenian red-figure vase-painter whose name is unknown. Nevertheless consistent individual characteristics of style suggest the existence of a unique artistic personality. Beazley called him the Kleophrades Painter after the name of the potter Kleophrades (q.v.) who signed one of the cups he decorated. Many other vases have been attributed to his hand on the basis of style. He specialised in decorating pots and is thought to have been taught by Euthymides. His powerful, dramatic drawing makes him one of the finest red-figure pot painters of the early fifth century BC. He also did some work in black-figure, mostly decorating amphoras that held the oil given as prizes to victors in the Panathenaic games.


Beazley ARV² 181-193, ABV 404-405; Boardman ARFH1 91-94; Beazley 'The Kleophrades Painter' (Mainz 1974).