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Athenian Red Figure Vases: The Archaic Period

A Handbook

John Boardman

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'Once more one is grateful to the author for his masterly organization of the material, his light touch and his appreciation of the needs of scholars and students alike' Times Literary Supplement


The quality of Greek painting and the intrinsic interest of the figure subjects chosen for depiction were never greater than in Athens in the fifty years following the invention of the 'red figure' technique is about 530 BC. The period is covered in this sequel to Athenian Black Figure Vases, also written by John Boardman, Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art in Oxford.


'Admirable text ... full of penetrating, often clever, observations'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 252 pp

Illustrations: 528

Publication date: 10 November 1975

ISBN: 9780500201435

About the Author

Sir John Boardman was born in 1927, and educated at Chigwell School and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He spent several years in Greece, three of them as Assistant Director of the British School of Archaeology at Athens, and he has excavated in Smyrna, Crete, Chios and Libya. For four years he was an Assistant Keeper in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and he subsequently became Reader in Classical Archaeology and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He is now Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art in Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy, from whom he received the Kenyon Medal in 1995. He was awarded the Onassis Prize for Humanities in 2009. Professor Boardman has written widely on the art and archaeology of Ancient Greece.