The Phineus Painter (Biographical details)

The Phineus Painter (painter/draughtsman; Greek; Male; 530BC; fl. circa)

Also known as

Phineus Painter


Black-figure vase-painter whose name is unknown. Nevertheless consistent individual characteristics of style suggest the existence of a unique artistic personality. His work is called 'Chalcidian' because he uses the Chalcidian alphabet (and spelling) in the inscriptions on his vases. However, he is unlikely to have lived in Chalcis in Euboea. It seems more probable that he was a Greek who migrated to Italy, possibly to Rhegion. He is called the Phineus Painter after a cup he decorated showing Phineus dining while the Boreads chase away the Harpies who have been plaguing him. He was the successor of the Inscription Painter (q.v.) and while painting some interesting images of myths, most of his work was devoted to representations of animals.


Boardman EGVP 219
A Rumpf Chalkidische Vasen (Berlin & Leipzig 1927) 104-115