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Dark Ages & Archaic Age Art by Mind Map: Dark Ages & Archaic Age Art
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Dark Ages & Archaic Age Art

Types of Vases


Used to pour water or other liquids


Used to pour oil


Used to mix water and wine


Used to store both liquids and dried goods


Used as a drinking cup


Used as a pouring jug; especially ofr taking mixed water and wine from Krater and pouring it into a kylix

Types of Figures

Red Figure

Black Figure

Red Figure vs. Black Figure

Red figure can have as much deatil as the artist wants but Black figure can only have limited amount of detail because black figure vases were prone to cracking

Red Figure paintings can have overlapping lines, whereas Black figure paintings couldnt.

Six Major Themes of Dark ages Pottery

Horror Vacui: the need to fill every little space with some sort of decoration

Rigid division of vase into a rational and balanced order.

The use of geometric shapes: traingles, greek meander, diamonds.

The horizontal lines separate each change of decoration

The most important scene is placed between the handles where the vase is swelled out.

People and animals on the vases are constructed out of crude geomtric parts. This is a reflection of lack of skill; though still very attractive.

Andokides vs. Exekias

Andokides' vase is bilingual, whereas Exekias' vase is black figure.

Andokides equalizes Ajax and Achilles; Achilles is not bigger than Ajax anymore; he is wearing the same attire as Ajax.

Andokides is able to put more details because one side of his vase is red figure. Exekias' vase being a black figure, has limited amount of details.