As well as its religious significance, Delphi was an important centre of Greek art. For instance, the Lesche of the Knidians contained two famous painting by Polygnotos. However, because of the gap in the text of the inscription, it is impossible to know the exact motive for the visit of these three painters. There is a German translation of the inscription by K. Bringmann & H. von Steuben, "Schenkungen hellenistischer Herrscher an griechische Städte und Heiligtümer", no. 95 ( Google Books ).
[It was resolved by the city of Delphi] in [full] assembly, [with votes as] prescribed by law; since [Kalas, Gaudotos and Asklepi]ades, painters [from Pergamon], who were sent by [king Attalos] to (?) restore paintings . . . have conducted themselves [during their residence here] in a manner worthy of king [Attalos] who sent them and of our city, [as] was appropriate for noble men; therefore it is resolved by the [city] to praise Kalas and Gaudotos and [Asklepi]ades of Pergamon; and [they] shall receive from the city proxeny, priority in access [to the oracle], priority in receiving justice, inviolability, freedom from taxes, privileged seating at all the games that the city holds, and the other privileges that are granted to other proxenoi and benefactors of the city. When Xenokritos was archon, and the members of the council were Kallikrates, Kleon and Megartas.
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