Aison (vase painter)

Aison was a vase painter of the attic red-figure style. About 60 of his vases come down to us, which are dated between 435 and 415 BC.. He spent its career in several workshops, where he came into contact with several other well known painters. His first works were created in the same workshop as the Kodros painter. A kylix with motifs from the Theseus legend, that is today in the Prado , was created in the same workshop that Penthesilea painter was active in and Aristophanes was later to join. In his third workshop he worked together with the Schuvalow painter and the Eretria painter. Here he painted mostly closed containers. All three artists obviously stood in the tradition of Polygnotos. From this time his second showpiece originates, the lekythos in National museum Naples.

Two further Lekythoi (from that Louvre and the archaeological museum Athens) clearly mark a turning point in the artists life when he embraced the Adonis cult.Remarkably the different is quality of its work, which probably due primarily to difficult life circumstances, as demonstrated by the frequent workshop changes.


  • John Boardman: Attic Redfigure vases, the classical period, a handbook.

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