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 (ə-pĕl′ēz) fl. fourth century bc.
Greek painter whose works, none of which survives, are described in ancient writings.
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(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
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(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.
The descent is continued through Iadmonides, Philoterpes, Euphemus, Epiphrades and Melanopus who had sons Dius and Apelles. 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.
For the second day make special study of such particularly 'conceited' poems as the following and try to explain the conceits in detail and to form some opinion of their poetic quality: Lyly's 'Apelles' Song'; Southwell's 'Burning Babe'; Ralegh's 'His Pilgrimage'; and two or three of Donne's.
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. (3) Lemaire's evidently intimate knowledge of painting in the Plainte du Desire likely stems from his close association with Perreal, to whom he was grateful for his constant encouragement and support: "Tout ce peu et tant que j'ay de bien procede de ton amitie, benevolence et avancement" Lemaire would write to Perreal (Ring 259).
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.
(67) Camps (1985, p.82): "this must mean in the first instance pictures by the old masters (Zeuxis, Apelles, etc.), admired as more beautiful than any products of more recent art.
Revelando symetrias supostamente contemporaneas de Apelles, encontra a proporcao de dez rostos, ou oito cabecas, que aponta ter sido seguida por Vitruvio.
In ancient myth an artist called Apelles heard a shoemaker criticising the way he'd painted a foot.