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Sous les yeux d’Athéna et des Athéniens : vases, techniques et statut de l’artisan à l’Acropole

Abstract : New decorative techniques were invented and developed by potters and painters in the context of Athens’ intense cultural activity in the Archaic Age, especially between 530-480 B. C. Not only did they invent the red-figure technique but they also developed more intense and contrasting colours (bilingual vases, coral-red gloss, white ground, gilding, Six’s technique…). These specific productions were studied by Beth Cohen in the exhibition The Colors of Clay, presented at the Getty Museum in 2006. The current paper extends and complements my original paper given at the exhibition’s inaugural conference and published in Lapatin 2008, p. 47-60. As vases decorated in such a fashion are well attested on the Acropolis, this bears testimony to their success with local consumers and to the desire of artisans working in the Kerameikos to enhance their creations, their “new products” in honour of their goddess Athena Erganē. This observation helps to show how much this competitive need for quality and virtuosity should be considered a distinctive trait among Athenian potters and painters, and how much it was appreciated by the Athenian public. Indeed, such expertise among craftsmen invalidates the term banausoi which is an irrelevant notion in the context of the Archaic period.
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Annie Verbanck-Piérard. Sous les yeux d’Athéna et des Athéniens : vases, techniques et statut de l’artisan à l’Acropole. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2014, Dossier : Des vases pour les Athéniens, N.S.12, pp.25-49. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.3122⟩. ⟨halshs-02099857⟩



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