A city of distinguished artists

Few Greek cities appreciated their artists and craftsmen as much as Corinth did. In the 7th and 6th c. B.C., the city grew to become one of the most important artistic centers in the Mediterranean Sea. Its workshops produced goods of great quality that were in high demand in the market places. These goods were exported in large quantities, thus boosting Corinth’s economy. There were many and varied artistic and artisanal activities: Bronzesmiths fashioned articles out of bronze and their goods travelled to the Mediterranean cities. Potters and vase painters made wonderful objects with clay and invented the “black-figure technique” on the vases. Stonecarvers worked with local poros limestone and their works adorned buildings in Corinth and other cities. Weavers and dyers supported the city’s textile industry. Painters experimented with color on pottery, statues, temples, in their paintings and even on sarcophagi.