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The Cumean Sibyl, English School, after Domenichino, 19th Century.

Rectangular 13.5cm, in a gilt-metal mount, unframed.
The word sibyl, meaning prophetess, derives from the Ancient Greek, and there were many sibyls throughout the ancient world. The Cumean Sibyl appears in Virgil’s Aeneid IV and was the most famous of the sibyls in the Roman world. The painting by Domenichino from which the miniature is taken is in the Capitoline Museum in Rome.


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