Timarete: 10 cool facts

Timarete (Greek: Τιμαρέτη) (or Thamyris, Tamaris, Thamar; 5th century BC), was an ancient Greek painter.

She was the daughter of the painter Micon the Younger of Athens. According to Pliny the Elder, she “scorned the duties of women and practised her father’s art.” At the become old of Archelaus I of Macedon she was best known for a panel painting of the goddess of Diana that was kept at Ephesus. Ephesus had a particular esteem for the goddess Diana. While it is no longer extant, it was kept at Ephesus for many years.

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One of the six female artists of antiquity mentioned in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History (XL.147-148) in A.D. 77: Timarete, Irene, Calypso, Aristarete, Iaia, Olympias. They are mentioned unconventional in Boccaccio’s De mulieribus claris.

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