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The Cumean Sibyl

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

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

1480/90

Artist:

Attributed to Francesco Rosselli
Italian, 1448-before 1513

About this artwork

The Cumean Sibyl is part of a series of engravings of 36 male and female prophets. In this image, the inscription on the pages of the sibyl’s open book contains a passage from Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue, which was interpreted as an early prophecy of Christ’s birth. Because of this supposed prophecy, Virgil and the Cumean Sibyl were viewed by early Christians as ancients who would have been Christians had the religion existed in their time. The Cumean Sibyl also served as Virgil’s guide to the underworld in the Aeneid.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Francesco Rosselli

Title

The Cumean Sibyl

Date

1480–1490

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

179 × 105 mm (plate); 180 × 106 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.45

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