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Print of the Decoration on a Greek Cylix, showing Apollo before the altar of Delphi P. Bineteau

  • Curator’s description:


    The lithograph shows Apollo, holding his lyre as he sits before the altar at Delphi. It reproduces the decoration of a cylix then in the collection of the Comte Léon de Laborde. It was plate IV in the second volume of Lenormant and de Witte's "Elite des monuments céramographiques", published in 1857. It was presumably taken from Ruskin's copy of the work now preserved in the Ruskin Library (inventory no. 1996B2621), which is missing many of its plates.

    The print was catalogued by Ruskin in the "Catalogue of Examples" of 1870, as no. 23 D in the Educational Series, alongside other plates of Apollo and Selene from Lenormant and de Witte. However, it did not reappear in any of his subsequent catalogues, and so was not part of the collection transferred to the University in the Deed of Gift of 31 May 1875. It can no longer be found in the collection, and is represented here by a surrogate taken from the Bodleian Library's copy of Lenormant and de Witte.

    In his catalogue entry, Ruskin outlined how he wanted his students to copy the print, and remarked upon Apollo's 'large chin, characteristic of the finest time of Greek art'.

  • Details

    P. Bineteau (active c. 1857 - c. 1858) (printer)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour and bodycolour over lithograph on wove paper
    surrogate: 155 x 192 mm (approx., stone)
    Associated place
    All printed, arranged around the image:
    top left: T. II.
    top right: PL. IV.
    bottom centre, Lith. de Bineteau

    Recorded in the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), in 1870; not recorded in the collection subsequently.

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of Examples Arranged for Elementary Study in the University Galleries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1870), cat. Educational no. 23.D

    Lenormant, Charles, and Jean de Witte, Elite des monuments céramographiques: Matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité, 4 vols in 8 (Paris: Leleux, 1844-1861), vol. II, pl. IV

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21


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