The Dolon Painter (Biographical details)

The Dolon Painter (painter/draughtsman; Greek; 390BC - 380BC; fl. circa)

Also known as

Dolon Painter


Lucanian red-figure vase-painter whose name is unknown. Nevertheless consistent individual characteristics of style suggest the existence of a unique artistic personality. Trendall called him the Dolon Painter naming him after his masterpiece, the lively burlesque rendering of Odysseus and Diomedes closing in on the luckless ambushed Dolon (Iliad 10) on a calyx-krater in the British Museum. He was part of the second generation of vase-painters in the Metaponto workshop established by the Pisticci Painter and the Amykos Painter (qq.vv.). His work was close to that of Apulian vase-painters of the 'Plain' style and particularly close to the Tarporley Painter (q.v.) with whom he may have worked. He often painted mythological subjects. Many vases have been attributed to his hand on the basis of style.


Trendall Handbook 55-58
Trendall LCS 97-104