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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    V,1.23

  • Description

    The Erythrean Sibyl; sitting on clouds, she holds a sword in her right hand and an open book in her left. c.1480-90. Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1480-1490 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 176 millimetres
    • Width: 107 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The book is inscribed: 'MORTE MORIETVRET [...] VENIET PRIMVS'; on a scroll behind her head is the inscription: 'SIBYLLA ERITEA'; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: 'RISGVARDO IDDIO DELLOEXCELSO ABITACOLO [...] DIVERGIN MADR [...] VESTO ELVEROSCORTO'.
  • 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 state shading had been added in areas that were white in the first state, such as on the tunic above and below the waist; in the present one further shading was added especially on the upper two triangular folds at the r side of the hood. Examples of the first state are in London (BM: P&D 1868-6-12-276); Vienna; Ambrosiana, Milan (uncertain if first or second state); and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2404.052.S.3 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 C.II.5.B.III bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.97.25 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    V,1.23

The Erythrean Sibyl; sitting on banks of clouds, holding a sword in her r hand and in her l an open book inscribed "MORTE MORIETVRET [...] VENIET PRIMVS"; inscribed "SIBYLLA ERITEA" on a scroll behind her head; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "RISGVARDO IDDIO DELLOEXCELSO ABITACOLO [...] DIVERGIN MADR [...] VESTO ELVEROSCORTO".  c.1480-90  Engraving

The Erythrean Sibyl; sitting on banks of clouds, holding a sword in her r hand and in her l an open book inscribed "MORTE MORIETVRET [...] VENIET PRIMVS"; inscribed "SIBYLLA ERITEA" on a scroll behind her head; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "RISGVARDO IDDIO DELLOEXCELSO ABITACOLO [...] DIVERGIN MADR [...] VESTO ELVEROSCORTO". c.1480-90 Engraving

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