- pertaining to or designating a style of vase painting developed in Greece in the 7th and 6th centuries b.c., chiefly characterized by silhouetted figures painted in black slip on a red clay body, details incised into the design, and a two-dimensional structure of form and space.
Origin of black-figure
First recorded in 1890–95
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In Ionia (see above) figure subjects become more common, and the technique approaches gradually nearer to the black-figure method.