Butades of Sicyon

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Butades of Sicyon

(bo͞o`tədēz, sĕ`shēŏn), fl. c.600 B.C., semilegendary Greek sculptor. He worked at Corinth and was supposed to have been the first to model in clay.
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The daughter of potter Butades of Sicyon sketched the shadow of her lover cast by the light of a lantern on a wall before he was to leave for a foreign land; her father then drew an imprint in clay from it (thus were born painting and sculpture, according to Pliny the Elder).
Pliny's story of the Corinthian Maid, who invented drawing and sculpture simultaneously by drawing round the shadow of her sleeping lover and filling the shape with clay, to be fired by her father, the potter Butades (Natural History XXXV: 151), was much illustrated in the 18th century.