An image of The Persian Sybil

Giorgio Ghisi

(Italy 1520 – 1582)

after Michelangelo Buonarotti

(Italy 1475 – circa 1536 or 1537)

The Persian Sybil

Location
Not on display
Further information

This series of prophets and sybils reproduces six of the twelve figures in the pendentives at the lower edges of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. The date of 1540 which appears on some of the prints is almost certainly incorrect. At this date Ghisi’s engraving style had not developed to the level evident in these prints. Also, the publisher of the engravings, Nicolò van Aelst, was not active until the 1570s. The false dating may therefore have to do with rivalry among publishers and the desire to add value to the prints by claiming that they were the earliest to be made after the Sistine ceiling.

Year
early 1570s
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
55.7 x 43.7 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Margaret Delmer 1985
Accession number
233.1985