Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has enlisted Cyprus-based Zedem Media to animate a day in the life of an ancient Greek potter whose famous, extremely rare 2500-year-old vase with red figures, changed the course of history.
Alexia Reuter of Zedem Media in coastal Larnaca told Philenews the team spent one year creating a 4 ½ minute film for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
The museum houses an extremely rare Greek vase dating back two thousand five hundred years.
What makes it so rare? Instead of painting the figures black as had always been done, an Athenian master potter thought, “Why not paint them red?”
He did something that no one else had done before and in the process created a priceless heirloom.
The vase depicts Hercules chasing a bull for a sacrifice and is only one of 55 known pieces with red figures and decoration on a black background in the world today.
By applying various substances to the clay and adjusting the temperature inside the kiln, the potter changed the color and effect of the paint.
This is a very sophisticated technique for making ceramics, and the vibrant colors persist to this day.