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The Samian Sibyl; facing right and sitting on a chair with two cushions, she is holding a book in her left hand. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 174 millimetres
Width: 104 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 state shading had been added in areas that were white in the first state, such as on the sleeve at the r elbow.
Examples of the first state are in London (BM: P&D 1868-6-12-278); in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Vienna; and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).
The BM also possesses another third state impression of the print (P&D V.1.21).
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