Zeuxis


Zeuxis

(flourished late 5th century–early 4th century BC, Heraclea, Magna Graecia) Greek painter. Though none of his work survives, his style and subject matter were recorded by ancient writers. He advanced the trend toward illusionism through the use of shadow to produce a rudimentary form of chiaroscuro. Apparently he was a panel painter rather than a wall painter. He preferred small compositions, often a single figure; his subjects were gods and heroes and such genre figures as an old woman, an athlete, and a still life.

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