Titios Painter

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Titios Painter (also Tityos Painter) is the name given by modern scholarship to an Etruscan vase painter of the black-figure style. His real name is not known. His activity is dated to the third quarter of the sixth century BC.

Etruscan art

Etruscan art was produced by the Etruscan civilization in central Italy between the 9th and 2nd centuries BC. From around 600 BC it was heavily influenced by Greek art, which was imported by the Etruscans, but always retained distinct characteristics. Particularly strong in this tradition were figurative sculpture in terracotta, wall-painting and metalworking especially in bronze. Jewellery and engraved gems of high quality were produced.

Black-figure pottery Style of painting on ancient Greek vases

Black-figure pottery painting, also known as the black-figure style or black-figure ceramic is one of the styles of painting on antique Greek vases. It was especially common between the 7th and 5th centuries BC, although there are specimens dating as late as the 2nd century BC. Stylistically it can be distinguished from the preceding orientalizing period and the subsequent red-figure pottery style.

About 40 works by the Titios Painter are known, including amphorae, jugs, kyathoi , cups and plates. His name is derived from his name vase, depicting Apollo and Artemis killing Titios. Many of his vases bear only animal friezes, but he also had a special interest in Herakles and his deeds. Most of his vase paintings make copious use of added colour. His figures are usually depicted in dynamic poses. Besides the Paris Painter, who exerted a strong influence on him, the Titios Painter is considered the most important representative of the Pontic Group of vase painters.

Amphora Type of storage container

An amphora is a type of container of a characteristic shape and size, descending from at least as early as the Neolithic Period. Amphorae were used in vast numbers for the transport and storage of various products, both liquid and dry, but mostly for wine. They are most often ceramic, but examples in metals and other materials have been found. Versions of the amphorae were one of many shapes used in Ancient Greek vase painting.


Kyathos is the name given in modern terminology to a type of painted ancient Greek vase with a tall, round, slightly tapering bowl and a single, flat, long, looping handle. Its closest modern parallel would be a ladle.

Name vase vase that defines an artist whose name is probably unknown

In classical archaeology, a name vase is a specific "vase" whose painter's name is unknown but whose workshop style has been identified. The painter is conventionally named after the selected "name vase" that embodies his characteristic style, or for one of its distinctive painted subjects, or for other attributes.


International Standard Book Number Unique numeric book identifier

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric commercial book identifier which is intended to be unique. Publishers purchase ISBNs from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency.

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