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The Tiburtine Sibyl, sitting on clouds, she is holding and indicating to a book. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 178 millimetres
Width: 108 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print belongs to a group of twenty-four 'Prophets' and twelve 'Sibyls' executed in a style called by Hind the 'Broad Manner' and now attributed to Francesco Rosselli; the group is based on the earlier series of the same subject engraved in the 'Fine Manner' by Baccio Baldini (for a fuller discussion of the issue see the entry for Hind C.II.11.B.II: P&D 1868-8-22-10).
The present engraving is the first state of the print; other examples of the first state are in Vienna, Cambridge MA (Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Universiry), in the Nelson Atkins Museum (Kansas City) and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris). The BM also possesses two third state impressions of the print (see P&D 1845-8-25-255; V.1.25).
The image is completely different from Baldini's 'Tiburtine Sibyl' (Hind C.II.10.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 214, no. 086), which in turn was based on 'St Matthew' by the German Master E.S. Rosselli abandoned the goatskin draped around the sibyl's shoulders and he borrowed from Baldini's 'Agrippan Sibyl' (Hind C.II.12.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 216, no. 087) the motif of the pointing hand and book; the lower part of the body is adapted from Baldini's prophet 'Joel' (Hind C.I.14.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 185, no. 065). Moreover, it differs from Baldini's in the different spelling of various words of the inscriptions.
The Tiburtine Sibyl - one of the most famous in the group - was believed to have foretold the coming of Christ to the Emperor Augustus on the Capitoline Hill.
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