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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1845,0825.249

  • Description

    The Delphic Sibyl; sitting clouds and wearing a floral garland, she is holding an ivory horn 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: 175 millimetres
    • Width: 106 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed in the book is: 'NASCETVR PROPHET [...] HVMANA CORVPTIONE'; the scroll above has the inscription: 'SIBYLLA DELPHICA'; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: 'NONE DAESERLENTA MATRANQVILLA [...] FACTA PERQVEL CHELVNIVERSO HA INCVRA'.
  • 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 peaked hat has been already erased and small tufts of feathers and flying ribbons have been added in the hair. Shading also had been added in areas that were white in the first state, such as on the upper portion of the l arm and on the tunic above and below the waist. Examples of the first state are in London (BM: P&D 1868-6-12-276); in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett (Inv. A 86211. Third State); Ambrosiana, Milan (uncertain if first or second state); in the Cleveland Museum of Art; and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2404.050.S.3 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 C.II.3.B.III bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.97.23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1845

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1845,0825.249

The Delphic Sibyl; sitting on banks of clouds, holding an ivory horn in her r hand and in her l an open book inscribed "NASCETVR PROPHET [...] HVMANA CORVPTIONE"; wearing a floral garland; above a scroll inscribed "SIBYLLA DELPHICA"; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "NONE DAESERLENTA MATRANQVILLA [...] FACTA PERQVEL CHELVNIVERSO HA INCVRA".  c.1480-90  Engraving

The Delphic Sibyl; sitting on banks of clouds, holding an ivory horn in her r hand and in her l an open book inscribed "NASCETVR PROPHET [...] HVMANA CORVPTIONE"; wearing a floral garland; above a scroll inscribed "SIBYLLA DELPHICA"; below are eight lines of text explaining the related prophecy: "NONE DAESERLENTA MATRANQVILLA [...] FACTA PERQVEL CHELVNIVERSO HA INCVRA". c.1480-90 Engraving

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