Posted 6 years ago
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.