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 (ə-pĕl′ēz) fl. fourth century bc.
Greek painter whose works, none of which survives, are described in ancient writings.


(Biography) 4th century bc, Greek painter of mythological subjects, none of whose work survives, his fame resting on the testimony of Pliny and other writers


(əˈpɛl iz)

360?–315? B.C., Greek painter.
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A man cannot tell whether Apelles, or Albert Durer, were the more trifler; whereof the one, would make a personage by geometrical proportions; the other, by taking the best parts out of divers faces, to make one excellent.
Dius by Pycimede, the daughter of Apollo had two sons Hesiod and Perses; while Apelles begot Maeon who was the father of Homer by a daughter of the River Meles.
But why should I attempt to depict and describe in detail, and feature by feature, the beauty of the peerless Dulcinea, the burden being one worthy of other shoulders than mine, an enterprise wherein the pencils of Parrhasius, Timantes, and Apelles, and the graver of Lysippus ought to be employed, to paint it in pictures and carve it in marble and bronze, and Ciceronian and Demosthenian eloquence to sound its praises?
In the Onites apelles the tarsi are so habitually lost, that the insect has been described as not having them.
At which Mattathias had great indignation, and ran upon him violently with his sons, who had swords with them, and slew both the man himself that sacrificed, and Apelles the king's general, who compelled them to sacrifice, with a few of his soldiers.
It was during this period that he interacted frequently with Jean Lemaire de Belges, who is often considered the greatest and the most canonical of the so-called rhetoriqueurs, and who classes Perreal in his 1504 Plainte du Desire among the great artists of the day, placing him in the company of Leonardo da Vinci and comparing him elsewhere to Apelles.
In addition, a triumphal arch with three bodies was built across from the palace, decorated with images of painters from ancient times, such as Apelles and Timanthes, and of Roman emperors.
Imaginem Naturae Apelles aemulus Non pulchriorem pingeret.
In ancient myth an artist called Apelles heard a shoemaker criticising the way he'd painted a foot.
That slowing down, and the newly intimate display, in turn encourages visitors to pause over other works in this room, seeking out compositional echoes--between the Birth of Venus and the Calumny of Apelles, say, which are now displayed next to each other.
In his reimagining and enlarging of the legend of two rivals competing for the love of a mistress in the tragi-comic musical Campaspe, for instance, he introduces and opposes two perspectives: the raw assertion of masculine desire and right of the conqueror Alexander to the aesthetic appreciation of the artist Apelles.
MARIA: Pliny the Elder doesn't specify if Apelles said "supra" or "ultra.