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Skiagraphia is a painting technique developed by ancient greek painter Apollodorus, used to create shadows in an image.

Skiagraphia is often described as a hatching technique used to create the illusion of forms through shading. [1] The shading is created by the use of curved lines, either by the use of hatching or cross-hatching. Within this same approach, painters can use different colors to add shade to an area.

Archaeologist Eva Keuls, using passages from Aristotle, suggested that "skiagraphia" was a technique that utilized patches of color that blend from afar, similar to the neo-impressionist paintings of Georges Seurat, [2] but this is disputed by Elizabeth G. Pemberton, who instead suggests that the passages from Aristotle are only in relation to shade and not color. [3]


  1. ^ Higgins, Reynold (12 January 2000). "Western painting: Additional Information".
  2. ^ Keuls, Eva (1975). "Skiagraphia once again". American Journal of Archaeology.
  3. ^ Pemberton, Elizabeth (1976). "A Note on Skiagraphia". American Journal of Archaeology.