Tragedy as a Source of Plots for Greek Vase-Painting

Zabudskaya Yana L.

The paper analyzes the criteria used in scholarship for determining the relationship between the tragedy and scenes on vases, and clarifies the list of vase paintings in which we can trace the impact of tragedy in the fifth century BC. The routes of this influence are different: combination of several episodes in one image; illustration of an episode related in speech and not enacted; new iconographic traditions (a kind of “formulas” in the framework of the visual narrative). This impact can be regarded as a form of reception within the same culture, but by means of a fundamentally different artistic language.

Keywords: tragedy, vase-painting, reception, interpretation, narrative

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