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Image and MythA History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art$
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Luca Giuliani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226297651

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226025902.001.0001

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Images in the Pull of Text

Images in the Pull of Text

From the Fifth to the Fourth Century

(p.194) (p.195) Chapter 6 Images in the Pull of Text
Image and Myth

Luca Giuliani

, Joseph O’Donnell
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the extensive changes undergone by Greek vase production. In the fifth century, the number of workshops declined and there was a change in the chosen themes of vase painters. The most significant change was the apparent shift away from narrative scenes that began in the second half of the fifth century and culminated with their virtual disappearance in the fourth century. The reason for this shift in the iconography is unclear. What is clear is that the decline of Attic ceramics is directly linked with the emergence of new production centers, particularly in southern Italy. In the second half of the fifth century, workshops on the Gulf of Taranto began to produce red-figure vases. The production of red-figure vases in Apulia led to a rapid decline in Attic imports, which had completely disappeared by 400.

Keywords:   Greek vase, vase painters, narrative scenes, iconography, Attic ceramics, Gulf of Taranto, red-figure vases

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