Attic black-figure and red-figure vases constitute the largest surviving body of ancient Greek pictorial imagery. Diverse in shape, style, and subject, they provide an important but imperfect window on Athenian society. This class explores a range of issues in Attic vase-painting, with particular emphasis on red-figure pottery, ca. 530-460 B.C. The class will meet in The Art Museum, and will make full use of the exhibition, The Berlin Painter and his World. Students will handle and learn from actual vases in a context of guided discussions and shared insights, and produce a final research paper on an agreed topic.