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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    V,1.21

  • Description

    The Samian Sibyl; facing right and sitting on a chair with two cushions, she holds a book in her left hand. c.1480-90 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1480-1490 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 174 millimetres
    • Width: 104 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        To the right of the figure is inscribed: 'SIBYLLA LIBICA'; on a scroll which passes behind the book the inscription reads: 'ECCE VENI [...] BELIVE ADORABVNT'; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: 'E CHOCHEPRESTO NEVERRA QVELDIE [...] CHECOSI MOSTRA ELCIELO E OGNISPERA'.
  • 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 1845-8-25-252).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2404.053.S.3 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 C.II.6.B.III bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.97.28 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    V,1.21

The Samian Sibyl; facing r and sitting on a chair with two cushions, she holds a book in her l hand.  c.1480-90 Engraving

The Samian Sibyl; facing r and sitting on a chair with two cushions, she holds a book in her l hand. c.1480-90 Engraving

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