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Inventory #om210 Price: Upon Request
Title:

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri
Called Il Guercino And Studio (1591-1666)
Description:

THE ERYTHREAN SIBYL

INSCRIBED ON STONE TABLET AT LEFT: IVDICY SIGNVM / TELLVS/SVDORE MADESCET SIBY. ERITHRAEA

OIL ON CANVAS
SIZE: 44 3/4 BY 60 1/2 IN. (113.7 BY 153.7 CM.)

THE INSCRIPTION IS THE OPENING VERSE OF AN ACROSTIC TAKEN FROM BOOK EIGHT OF THE CHRISTIAN SIBYLLINE ORACLES AND ATTRIBUTED BY ST. AUGUSTINE TO THE ERYTHRAEAN SIBYL. IN TRANSLATION "IN TOKEN OF THE JUDGMENT DAY THE EARTH SHALL DRIP WITH SWEAT".

THE FIGURE OF THE SIBYL IS A COPY TRUNCATED AT THE KNEE, OF THE FIGURE OF HAGAR IN GUERCINO'S ANGEL APPEARING TO HAGAR AND ISHMAEL, CIRCA 1562, NOW IN THE COLLECTION OF SIR DENIS MAHON, LONDON. OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE COMPOSITION ARE ALSO TAKEN FROM WORKS BY GUERCINO, THE TABLET APPEARS IN HIS CUMAEAN SIBY WITH A PUTTO, CIRCA 1651, ALSO IN THE COLLECTION OF SIR DENIS MAHON AND THE LIGHTED WINDOW OPENING APPEARS IN THE SAMIAN SIBYL, NOW IN THE GALLERIA DI PLAZZO REALE, GENOA.

PROVENANCE:

PALAZZO MERCARINI, PISA
W. H. ASPINWALL, NEW YORK
CHRISTIE'S LONDON, APRIL 21, 1888, LOT 116
JAMES E. SCRIPPS, DETROIT
DETROIT MUSEUM OF ART, 1889

LITERATURE:

DETROIT MUSEUM OF ART, CATALOGUE OF THE SCRIPPS COLLECTION OF OLD MASTER, 1889, P. 36, NO. 37 AS GUERCINO
DETROIT MUSEUM OF ARTS, HANDBOOK, 1910, P. 30 AS GUERCINO
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ART, CATALOGUE OF PAINTINGS, 1944, P.51 BY DR.HERMAN VOSS ATTRBUTION TO BENEDETTO GENNARI
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS,PAINTINGS CHECKLIST, 1965 P. 44 AS BENEDETTO GENNARI

 

 

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