The Gela Painter (Biographical details)

The Gela Painter (painter/draughtsman; Greek; 510BC - 485BC; fl.)

Also known as

Gela Painter


Athenian black-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 Gela Painter following Haspels ABL, who first assembled the work of the painter on the basis of style.He was called the Gela Painter because the majority of his work has been found in Sicily, especially in Gela. He is one of a group of prolific fairly undistinguished black-figure vase-painters specialising mostly in lekythoi, working at the same time as the flowering of the finest red-figure vase-painters. He sometimes uses a white ground for his black-figure work.


Beazley ABV 473-475; Boardman ABFH 114, 147; Haspels ABL 78-86, 205-215.