The Syriskos Painter (Biographical details)

The Syriskos Painter (painter/draughtsman; Greek; 480 BC - 470 BC; fl.)

Also known as

Syriskos 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 Syriskos Painter naming him after the potter who signed 'epoiesen' ('made it') on an astragalos (knucklebone-shaped vase) in the Villa Giulia in Rome. We now know that Syriskos 'the little Syrian', was both a potter and a painter and that the painter whom Beazley dubbed the Copenhagen Painter (q.v.) was actually Syriskos. The Syriskos Painter was close in style to Syriskos but not necessarily identical with him. He decorated a wide variety of shapes, including some very unusual ones. He worked largely in red-figure but sometimes also painted on white-ground vessels. A very large number of vases have been attributed to his hand on the basis of style.


Beazley ARV² 256, 259-266
Boardman ARFH1 113-114, 208