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The Persican Sibyl; sitting on clouds and wearing a floral garland, she is holding a book in her left hand and indicating to a scroll with her right. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 176 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 third state of the print, heavily reworked; in the second and third states shading had been added in areas that were white in the first state, such as on the r arm and adjacent breast and on a fold above the r knee.
Examples of the first state are in the Cincinnati Art Museum; Ambrosiana, Milan (uncertain if first or second state); Munich; Vienna; and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).
The figure is completely different from Baldini's 'Persican' Sibyl (Hind C.II.1.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 199, no. 076), which in turn was based an unidentified northern model, probably French or Burgundian. However, Rosselli reused the lower half of the body of Baldini's prophet 'Jeremiah' (Hind C.I.10.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 179, no. 061). This version also varies from its model in the different spelling of various words of the inscriptions.
The BM also possesses another third state of the print (P&D V.1.22) and a reproduction of the first state of the print.
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