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An image of The Persian Sybil by Giorgio Ghisi, after Michelangelo Buonarotti

Giorgio Ghisi

(Italy 1520 or 1524 – 1582)

after Michelangelo Buonarotti

(Italy 1475 – circa 1536 or 1537)

Title
The Persian Sybil
Year
early 1570s
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
Edition
2/3
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
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.

Bibliography (3)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 182

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 8. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (4)

Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 1986–23 Nov 1986

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006