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Douris (vase painter)

Douris (vase painter)

Ancient Greek vase painter
The basics
Occupations Red-figure vase painter Vase painter
A.K.A. Duris
Gender male
Authority Library of congress id VIAF id
The details

Douris or Duris (Greek: Δοῦρις, Douris) was an ancient Athenian red-figure vase-painter and potter active c. 500 to 460 BCE.


He began his career painting for the potters Kleophrades and Euphronios, before beginning a long collaboration with the potter Python. He signed 39 vases as a painter, also one as a potter and painter, and one vase as a potter only. Between 250 and 300 vases are ascribed to him. The majority of these vases are kylixes, i.e. cups. His name seems to have been popular, since one finds it on other vases: it is reproduced on a cup by Onesimos. On the basis of these signatures, his kalos inscriptions, and of the subsidiary decoration of the vases, the art historian John Beazley divided his career into four principal periods:

Period 1

"Hook" collarbone characteristic of the style of Douris, detail of a medaillon of a cup, c. 480} BCE, Louvre (G 121).

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Signature of Douris ΔΟΡΙΣ ΕΓΡΑΦΣΕΝ, detail of the cup called "pieta of Memnon", c. 490-480 BCE, Louvre (G 115).
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