The Andokides Painter (Biographical details)

The Andokides Painter (painter/draughtsman; Greek; 530BC - 515BC; fl.)

Also known as

Andokides 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 Andokides Painter after the potter/maker Andokides (q.v.) who signed (epoiesen 'made it') on vases he decorated. The Andokides Painter was one of the earliest painters to work in red-figure and he may have been the inventor of the technique. A number of vases have been attributed to his hand on the basis of style; about half of them are 'bilingual', that is, part (often one side) decorated in red-figure and part decorated in black-figure. The Andokides Painter may also have worked in black-figure; if so, he may have been the same as the Lysippides Painter (q.v.). His style suggests that he may have been a pupil of Exekias (q.v.).


Beazley ABV 253-254, ARV² 2-4; Boardman ABFH 105, ARFH1 15-17.