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The European Sibyl; sitting on clouds, she is holding and indicating to an open book. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 176 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 first state of the print; other examples of the first state are in the Ambrosiana, Milan (uncertain if first or second state) and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris). The BM also possesses the second and third state of the print (see respectively P&D 1868-8-22-10 and 1845-8-25-257).
The image is completely different from Baldini's 'European Sibyl' (Hind C.II.11.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 214, no. 086), which in turn was based on the 'Woman holding a helmet and a coat-of-arms' by the German Master E.S. Rosselli created a new figure more monumental and Italianate in form, rejecting anything that seemed too Germanic or Gothic; however, 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.
This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Reproduced by Photographic Process', [First Series] Part I (Italian Prints), Published by the Trustees in 1882, where it was number IX and described there as 'Anonymous. The Sibyl Europa, c.1450.'; (Shelfmark 245*.b.12).
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