near or close to
When the painting of a vase is considered "near" or "close to" the work of a specific painter, this means that the vases of both painters exhibit similarities in painting style and technique. Beazley utilizes this term to identify certain painters (i.e., "near Onesimos") when he believes that several artists were equally active in their day, yet he can only identify the work of one painter with some certainty. For example, the work of vases painted in a hand "near Onesimos" is similar to that of Onesimos and the painters were probably equally as active as Onesimos, who was not the central figure. The terms "near" and "close to" are also used in a generic way by Beazley to describe a painting style, i.e., the work of the Oedipus Painter is considered "close to the late work of Douris." [ARV (2), p. 451] In this case, the works of the two painters are related, yet Douris is most certainly the prominent figure. The term "near" differs from "manner of" because, for example, vases painted in the "manner of the Brygos Painter" were painted by artists who were influenced by the Brygos Painter, and he was the central, most productive figure.