The preferred red-figure technique is a Greek style of vase painting. It began in Athens around 520 B.C., during the Archaic period of art. The Archaic period is known Kouros sculptures along with many other statues and painted vases. This technique was a replacement for the older black-figure vases, which were black figures painted on a red background, while the red-figure technique has red figures on a black background. Some of these vases told stories about ancient Greek history by depicting figures acting something out, somewhat like a picture book. These vases give us a bit more knowledge of what ancient Greek civilization was like.