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The Samian Sibyl with a Putto

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GUERCINO , 1591 - 1666

The Samian Sibyl with a Putto


Date: 1651
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 218.5 x 180 cm
Acquisition credit: Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Gallery, 2012

The sibyl was an oracle of Apollo from the Greek island of Samos who prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin, as the inscription on the scroll indicates: ‘Hail Zion, chaste maiden who has much suffered’.

The frame was designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart for Spencer House in London.

Keywords

Sibyl, oracle, apollo, Greek, Greece, Samos, Jesus, Virgin, inscription, scroll, Zion, wings, book, turban, sybilla, samia, salve, casta, passa, puella

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