A new phenomenon in the international art world is the propensity for exhibitions organized around a single artist from Greek antiquity. This innovative development bears little relationship to biographical curiosity, as next to nothing is really known about these ancient craftsmen. The traveling exhibition of vases and fragments of vases by the Attic red-figured vase painter Euphronios (fl. c. 520-470 B.C.), which recently closed at the Louvre, was an internationally cooperative venture encouraged by the connoisseurship that has greatly expanded the number of attributions to this artist, revealing a wider prospectus of his career.[1]

Scores of anonymous Greek vase painters are affectionately given names that describe a stylistic eccentricity or conspicuous subject so that scholars can group vases by individual hands: “The Affecter,”...

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