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Art Nouveau Framed Print - The Delphic Oracle John W Godward 1899

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Posted 6 years ago

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My recent two prints from an estate auction. CHEAP! YAY!
This one is on old board or something - like a cardboard print?

I love this picture.

The Delphic Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout Hellenic culture. Distinctively, this female was essentially the highest authority both civilly and religiously in male-dominated ancient Greece. She responded to the questions of citizens, foreigners, kings, and philosophers on issues of political impact, war, duty, crime, laws—even personal issues.

In ancient Greece, the Delphic Oracle was the shrine founded by Apollo himself, and was the most highly revered Oracle of its time.

The chosen priestess, depicted here in the 1899 painting by J. W. Godward, was known as the Pythia, so named after the enormous snake which had once guarded the shrine.

The Pythia entered into trance-like states and spoke their prophecies in a 'language' similar to the unintelligible words uttered by those who speak in tongues. Priests were responsible for recording and interpreting the oracles.

John William Godward was a protégé of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema in the style of the Victorian Frederick Leighton.

Godward's work was severely judged by art critics toward the end of his life as Picasso and the new wave of Modernism swept aside the ideals of 19th centurt art.


  1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Gorgeous ! I love love it . What a great find !
  2. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Thank you Manikin. Yes I am in love also!! I think they actually have hypnotic power!! I get transfixed whenever i look at either of them!
  3. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Very nice flowerrose! I think this original painting was definitely done by the same artist as mine. Lovely!
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    If it wasn't for the hair you would think that she was sculpted from marble, she is enchanting.
  5. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Thank you inky and walksoftly! Yes inky - yours reminded me so much of mine. And walksoftly - yes I totally agree - I often think that as I walk past her in the hallway.
  6. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Hello flowerrose!.. I just found this link for you....:-)

  7. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Oooh how exciting!! Thank you so much! That's excellent and you were right about it being from the same artist!! Yay thank you for solving my puzzle. How cool is that! 2 kiwis with 2 Godward's!
  8. inky inky, 6 years ago
    We obviously have the same and good taste!.. ...:-)..My pleasure flowerrose! only to happy to help, I have so many other people helping me! it's wonderful when I can do the same for someone, where about are you?
  9. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    I am Wellington based and yes I agree we have impeccable taste!! Lol.
  10. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    i really appreciate the way that you so poetically share your discoveries about the treasures you uncover. isn't that what treasure-hunting is all about? discovering not just something of monetary value - but something w/ historical significance - a mytholigical message from the past. love it!
  11. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Thanks ho2cultcha! sorry for the delay in this post!! yes I totally agree. The money part can be fun when you find a bargain or onsell and make a great profit or just for entertainment adn GASP! factor at auctions but the beauty always comes from the creator of the object and the object itself I think.

    I watched a program recently on an asian museum in Aussie and the guy was showing a lady around talking about each item in terms of monetary value - like a dealer would - and it sounded so weird!! There were all these beautiful things with mega history and he was going on about how much this had recently sold at auction for - or how much this had been valued at.....wasn't pretty.
  12. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 6 years ago
    I had to look twice, this looks very much like Maxfield Parrish's work. Great find!
  13. kindy kindy, 6 years ago
    Absolutely stunning!!

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