The Delphic Sibyl

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

early 1570s

Artist:

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

About this artwork

Giorgio Ghisi’s detailed reproductions helped make Michelangelo’s frescoes, like Raphael’s, some of the best-known High Renaissance monuments, despite their restricted location. As the Sistine Chapel ceiling was too large to include on one sheet, Ghisi produced a series of oversize engravings of seven prophets and five sibyls. Ghisi’s rendition of the Delphic sibyl in an architectural framework is significantly smaller than the actual painting. The spurious 1540 date at lower right may have been added by the print’s publisher, Nicolas van Aelst, to suggest Ghisi’s images of the chapel appeared earlier than other available reproductions.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Giorgio Ghisi

Title

The Delphic Sibyl

Origin

Italy

Date

1565–1575

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

565.5 x 432 mm (plate); 570 x 439 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2188

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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