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A Sibyl (?)
Anonymous (Follower of: Cambiaso, Luca)
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Anonymous (Follower of: Cambiaso, Luca)

A Sibyl (?)

XVI century. Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on paper. Not on display

Nos. D01701; D01719; D01917; D01723; D01930; D01931; D01918 appear to represent sibyls, women from ancient times who were endowed with special powers of prophecy. From the Renaissance period and after, the western church accepted the sayings of twelve of these sibyls as foretelling the coming of Christ. As a result, the sibyls came to be regarded as the pagan, female counterparts to the Old Testament prophets and were commonly represented holding a book or a stone tablet.

In 1557-59, Cambiaso, together with his fellow painer Giovanni Battista Castello, called Il Bergamasco 1557-1629), was commissioned to complete the pictorial decoration of S. Matteo, Genoa, the family church of the Doria, the construction of which had started as early as the twelfth century. Cambiaso´s contribution included frescoes with Prophets and Sibyls on the ceilings of the lateral naves. Some of the figures represented in this nos. appear to depend on the Sibyl in those frescoes.

In addition to his painted Sibyls, Cambiaso made a series of drawings of these figures, usually showing them seated on clouds. His studies were evidently used in the workshop as models in the teaching of drawing, and similar studio repetitions to those in the Prado drawings are found in the Louvre (inv. nos. 9280 and 9284).

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracc: a century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Virginia, Art Services International, 2008, p.257-259

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A Sibyl (?)
Wash on paper, XVI century
Inventory number
D001931
Author
Anonymous (Follower of: Cambiaso, Luca)
Title
A Sibyl (?)
Date
XVI century
Technique
Wash; Pencil; Pencil ground; Grey-brown ink
Support
Paper
Dimension
Height: 222 mm.; Width: 304 mm.
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de dibujos. Dibujos italianos del siglo XVI (por Nicholas Turner, con la colaboración de José Manuel Matilla), V, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 259.

Turner, Nicholas, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracc: a century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International, Virginia, 2008, pp. 257-259.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 529.

Inscriptions +

[tren]tasette e trentotto (margen derecho de la página, un propietario italiano posterior ha numerado el dibujo)
Inscribed. Support

31. trent.uno (margen superior derecho de la página del Álbum, de mano del coleccionista de la "doble numeración")
Inscribed in pen and brown ink. Support

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Update date: 05-01-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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