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  • Description

    The Tiburtine Sibyl, sitting on clouds, she is holding and indicating to a book. c.1480-90 Engraving

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1480-1490 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 175 millimetres
    • Width: 107 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed on the scroll above is: 'NASCETVR IN BETTELE[M] [...] REGNA[N]TE QVIETO TAVRO'; to the left is the inscription: 'SIBYLLA TIBVRTINA'; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: 'ELG[I]VSTO IDDIO ATAL MESTIER MADATA [...] CHEDITALFIGL[I]O ALHOR SARANVTRICE'
  • 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 the form of the hat had been altered and shading had been added in areas that were white in the first state, such as on the l sleeve and over the knees. Examples of the first state are in London (BM: P&D 1845-8-25-245), Vienna, Cambridge MA (Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Universiry), in the Nelson Atkins Museum (Kansas City) and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris). The BM possesses another third state of the print (P&D V.1.25).


  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2404.057.S.3 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 C.II.10.B.III bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.98.30 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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