A Sibyl, by Flaminio Torre (1620-1661).

Oil on canvas, 95.5cm by 79cm.

In Greek and Roman mythology sybils were prophetic priestesses.

The painting is listed in the 1763 Burghley Inventory: ‘The picture room…a Syble Guido.’

There is another version in the La Rochelle Museum in France.

Flaminio Torre, a painter of the Bolognese School, was a pupil of Guido Reni (1575-1642), Giacomo Cavedone (1577-1660) and Simone Cantarini (1612-1648).

His work seems to have comprised mainly of painting for churches in Bologna.


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