Targeted Advertising for Women in Athenian Vase-Painting of the Fifth Century BCE
AbstractThis paper analyzes the trends in depictions of women in Athenian vase-painting during the 5th century BCE through an examination of approximately 88,000 vases in the Beazley Archive Pottery Database. It found a 15% increase in depictions of women during the 5th century BCE and a diversification in subject matter in which women appear. By considering these trends within the historical context of the hegemonic position of Athens in the Delian League and its wars, this paper proposes that the changes in representations and subject matter denote an expanded marketability of vases to female viewers. As targeted imagery, the images give perceptible recognition to an increased valuation of women’s work and lives at a time when their roles in Athenian society were essential for the continued success of the city-state. This paper suggests that these changes also point to the fact that a greater share of the market was influenced by women, either directly or indirectly, and successful artists carefully crafted targeted advertisements on their wares to attract that group. This paper provides new insights into the relationships between vases and their intended audiences within the context of the cultural changes occurring in Athens itself. View Full-Text
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Bennett, D.S. Targeted Advertising for Women in Athenian Vase-Painting of the Fifth Century BCE. Arts 2019, 8, 52.
Bennett DS. Targeted Advertising for Women in Athenian Vase-Painting of the Fifth Century BCE. Arts. 2019; 8(2):52.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bennett, Danielle S. 2019. "Targeted Advertising for Women in Athenian Vase-Painting of the Fifth Century BCE." Arts 8, no. 2: 52.
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