Polygnotus


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Polygnotus

(pŏl'ĭgnō`təs), fl. c.460 B.C.–447 B.C., Greek painter, b. Thasos. He later became an Athenian citizen. He painted the Capture of Troy and Descent of Odysseus to Hades in the Cnidian Lesche or clubhouse at Delphi and the Fall of Troy in the Painted Porch, Athens. He is credited with having developed a series of physical attitudes to express emotion that may be reflected in vase painting of the late 5th cent. None of his works have survived.

Polygnotus

 

Born circa 510 B.C. on the island of Thasos; date of death unknown. Ancient Greek painter. Polygnotus executed wall paintings, heroic in spirit, for the Pinacotheca in Athens and for the Lesche (the recreation hall of the Cnidians) in Delphi. He also produced encaustic paintings. Polygnotus dealt with mythological and historical themes.

REFERENCES

Vseobshchaia istoriia iskusstv, vol. 1. Moscow, 1956. Pages 225–27.
Löwy, E. Polygnot: Ein Buch von griechischer Malerei, vols. 1–2. Vienna, 1929.

Polygnotus

5th century bc, Greek painter: associated with Cimon in rebuilding Athens
References in classic literature ?
Polygnotus depicted men as nobler than they are, Pauson as less noble, Dionysius drew them true to life.
However, the difference is not great, yet young men ought not to view the paintings of Pauso, but of Polygnotus, or any other painter or statuary who expresses manners.