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  • Museum number

    1895,0915.64

  • Description

    The Agrippine Sibyl, sitting on a throne, she is holding and indicating to an open book. c.1470-80 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1470-1480 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 178 millimetres
    • Width: 108 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The inscription in the book reads: 'HOC VERbVM INVISIbILE [...] GERMINAbIT'; the inscription on the frieze at the top of the throne reads: 'SIbILLA AGRIPPA'; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: 'qVNDO SARA qVESTO SOMMO DILETTO [...] EREI EBVONI FIE PREGIO EONORE'; at the upper left the number 12 is added.
  • Curator's comments

    The print belongs to a group of twenty-four 'Prophets' and twelve 'Sibyls' executed in a style called by Hind the 'Fine Manner' and now attributed to Baccio Baldini. No difference of states is known for the series of 'Sibyls' (for this set see the entry for Hind C.I.12.B.I: P&D 1895-9-15-54). The image is not directly inspired by any northern European print source. The cloth on the backrest of the throne is decorated with the same clusters of pine-cones that cover the 'Samian' sibyl's dress (Hind C.II.6.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 207, no. 081) and the costume of the lady in the foreground in the 'Garden of Love' from the series of the so-called 'Otto Prints' attributed to Baldini (Hind A.IV.17; for a reproduction see Hind, plate 145). Other impressions are in Vienna, Paris and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2403.087 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 C.II.12.A bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.175.36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1895

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1895,0915.64

The Agrippine Sibyl, sitting on a throne, holding and indicating an open book inscribed "HOC VERbVM INVISIbILE [...] GERMINAbIT"; "SIbILLA AGRIPPA" inscribed on the frieze at the top of the throne; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "qVNDO SARA qVESTO SOMMO DILETTO [...] EREI EBVONI FIE PREGIO EONORE"; the number 12 added in the upper l.  c.1470-80  Engraving

The Agrippine Sibyl, sitting on a throne, holding and indicating an open book inscribed "HOC VERbVM INVISIbILE [...] GERMINAbIT"; "SIbILLA AGRIPPA" inscribed on the frieze at the top of the throne; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "qVNDO SARA qVESTO SOMMO DILETTO [...] EREI EBVONI FIE PREGIO EONORE"; the number 12 added in the upper l. c.1470-80 Engraving

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