Black Figure Pottery


Black figure pottery is a type of Greek pottery named after the colour of the scenes painted on vessels. It was first produced in Corinth c. 700 BCE and then adopted by pottery painters in Attica, where it would become the dominant decorative style from 625 BCE. Athenian vases then dominated the Mediterranean pottery market for the next 150 years.

More about: Black Figure Pottery


  • c. 625 BCE
    Black-figure pottery created in Corinth.
  • 600 BCE - 500 BCE
    The first depictions on black-figure pottery of Hercules fighting the centaur Nessos.
  • 600 BCE - 480 BCE
    Attic black-figure pottery dominates the greek ceramic market.
  • 600 BCE - 550 BCE
    Laconia produces black-figure pottery.
  • 570 BCE
    First signed example of black-figure pottery by Sophilos.
  • c. 570 BCE - c. 560 BCE
    The black-figure Francois Vase is produced in Attica by Ergotimos (potter) and Kleitias (painter).
  • 570 BCE - 560 BCE
    Kleitias, one of the masters of black-figure pottery decoration is active.
  • 560 BCE - 520 BCE
    Chalkidian black-figure pottery is produced in southern Italy.
  • 545 BCE - 530 BCE
    Exekias, perhaps the greatest black-figure pottery painter is active.
  • c. 540 BCE
    A black-figure vase by Exekias depicts Achilles killing the Amazon Penthesilea.
  • c. 530 BCE
    Red-figure pottery style takes precedent over black-figure.