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The Libyan Sibyl; sitting on clouds and wearing a plumed hat and a floral garland; she holds a book in her left hand c.1480-90.
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 177 millimetres
Width: 106 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, Boston and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris). The BM also possesses two impressions of the third states of the print (see respectively P&D V.1.20 and 1845-8-25-246).
The image is substantially different from Baldini's 'Libyan' Sibyl (Hind C.II.2.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 201, no. 077), which in turn was based on the figure of 'St John' by the German Master E.S. However, Rosselli borrowed from another print in the 'Fine Manner' series; he adopted the arms, the book and much of the drapery from Baldini's prophet 'Jeremiah' (Hind C.I.10.A). Rosselli's version differs from Baldini's in the different spelling of various words of the inscriptions.
This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Prints in the British Museum', New [Second] Series Part I (Early Italian Prints), Published by the Trustees in 1886, where it was number III(B) and described there as 'Florentine School, XV. Century. The Libyan Sibyl.'; (Shelfmark 245*.b.15).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1993, 8th-30th Jan, London, Accademia Italiana, Ruskin and Tuscany
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