The Berlin Painter was the name given by Sir John Davidson Beazley (1885–1970) to an otherwise anonymous Athenian vase-painter, active in the first quarter of the fifth century B.C., whose hand he recognized in nearly 300 complete and fragmentary vases in public and private collections around the world. Since Beazley’s first published identification of the Berlin Painter in 1911, the oeuvre of this still-anonymous Athenian draughtsman has grown to some 330 works, and esteem for his elegant, approachable style has never lessened.
This exhibition will feature 84 vessels and statuettes of the early fifth century, including 54 of the finest vases attributed to the Berlin Painter, representing a full range of subjects, sacred and profane. Collectively these works open a window into a world 2,500 years distant and remind us of the enduring importance of archaeology and of sustained visual analysis. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.