Beyond Attica: Art of Magna Graecia

Beyond Attica: Art of Magna GraeciaBeyond Attica: Art of Magna Graecia

Beyond Attica: Art of Magna Graecia is an exceptional collection of vase-wear from early Athenian black-figure to later Apulian, Campanian and Lucanian red-figure vessels from south Italy.

On loan from the Koumantatakis Family, Beyond Attica: Art of Magna Graecia is an extraordinary collection of vases from Athenian black-figure to later red-figure ware from south Italy.

Discover the rich variety of pottery techniques and styles of decoration used in the ancient Greek world.


Until the fifth century BCE South Italian settlements imported their pottery from Corinth and Athens.

By the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BCE, Athenian pot production and trade had declined and cities in South Italy began to manufacture pottery locally. The five regions in South Italy: Lucania, Apulia, Campania, Paestum and Sicily produced significant amounts of pottery between 440 and 300 BCE.
While these areas were both politically independent and culturally unique regions of the Greek world, they nevertheless drew influence from Athenian pottery shape, design, and iconography. Working with these Attic models, South Italian painters and potters developed their own styles and shapes- distinguishing them from their counterparts in mainland Greece. A distinct preference for added colour especially white, yellow and red, is characteristic of South Italian vases
in the fourth century BCE.

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