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The Cumaean Sibyl; sitting on a bench and wearing a floral garland, she holds in her left hand an open book. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 175 millimetres
Width: 107 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 cloak above and below the l knee and on the tunic above and below the waist.
The figure is freely adapted from Baldini's 'Cumaean' sibyl (Hind C.II.7.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 208, no. 082); Rosselli retained the general pose and the position of the book on her knee, but he seated her on a bench instead of on clouds, modified her hairstyle and reduced the amount of ornament on her dress.
Examples of the first state are in the Art Institute of Chicago; Ambrosiana, Milan (uncertain if first or second state); Vienna; and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).
The BM possesses a reproduction of the first state of the print.
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