The Eritrean Sibyl

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1570

Artist:

Giorgio Ghisi (Italian, 1520-1582)
after Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564)

About this artwork

Giorgio Ghisi engraved six of the twelve prophets and sibyls from the pendentives of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco almost 60 years after its completion. This prophetess, a priestess of Apollo in ancient Greece, was included as part of the Sistine cycle because she was said to have prophesied the coming of the Redemption through Christ. (The presence of Michelangelo’s nude staffage figures elicited a later, censored state of the print with fig leaves.)

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Artist

Giorgio Ghisi

Title

The Eritrean Sibyl

Origin

Italy

Date

1565–1575

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

572 x 436 mm

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1994.719

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