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.