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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    V,1.24

  • Description

    The Hellespontine Sibyl, facing left and sitting on a wooden chair, she is holding a book in her left hand and a scroll in her right. c.1480-90 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1480-1490 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 173 millimetres
    • Width: 105 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The scroll in her right hand is inscribed with: 'EXECCELSO HABITACVLO [...] VIRGINE NASCETVR'; at upper left the inscription reads: 'SIBILLA ELISPO[N]TICA'; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: 'NELLA MIESCOLA STANDO VIDI FARE [...] CHEI TUTTOEL SECOLNOSTRO PORRA I[N]PACE'.
  • 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 fold of the cloak descending from the r shoulder, the cloak to the r of the sibyl's l arm and the side of the r knee. Examples of the first state are in London (BM: P&D 1845-8-25-243), Cambridge (Fitzwilliam Museum), Vienna, in the Cincinnati Art Museum and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2404.055.S.3 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 C.II.8.B.III bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.97.26 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    V,1.24

The Hellespontine Sibyl, sitting and facing l on a wooden chair, holding a book in her l hand and in her r a scroll inscribed "EXECCELSO HABITACVLO [...] VIRGINE NASCETVR"; at the upper l inscribed "SIBILLA ELISPO[N]TICA"; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "NELLA MIESCOLA STANDO VIDI FARE [...] CHEI TUTTOEL SECOLNOSTRO PORRA I[N]PACE".  c.1480-90  Engraving

The Hellespontine Sibyl, sitting and facing l on a wooden chair, holding a book in her l hand and in her r a scroll inscribed "EXECCELSO HABITACVLO [...] VIRGINE NASCETVR"; at the upper l inscribed "SIBILLA ELISPO[N]TICA"; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "NELLA MIESCOLA STANDO VIDI FARE [...] CHEI TUTTOEL SECOLNOSTRO PORRA I[N]PACE". c.1480-90 Engraving

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