John William Godward. The Delphic Oracle. 1899.
Oil on canvas.
Fine Art Society. London, UK.
oh holy holy holy
Throne, Roman, late 1st century A.D.
“This object was not intended to have a practical function but rather was created for a ceremonial or symbolic purpose. The motif of the empty throne would come to symbolize a deity or a departed hero. The presence of the snake suggests that this one was dedicated to Apollo, who killed the dragon called Python, often depicted as a serpent. Cloth is draped over the seat in the same way that Greek and Roman chairs are depicted in vase- and wall-paintings.”
(Mary Levkoff, 2008)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Currently not on view
Pythia, priestess and Goddess of the Delphic Oracle. She breathed in the vapors that the rocks provided and she prophesied.
such a scary image… but I love it. I think it captures the otherwordlyness of sitting under ground breathing fumes form the underworld… that time and place beyond time and place.