The Cumaean Sibyl
Inscribed SIB and Cumana on either side of the figure; also inscribed IACEBIT IN FOENO in the upper register
Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite
27 3/4 x 21 1/2 inches (70.49 x 54.61 cm)
The inscription "Iacebit in foeno" (He will lie on straw) alludes to the Cumaean Sibyl's purported role as a prophet of the coming of Christ. This belief was based on a passage in Virgil's fourth Eclogue, in which the Sibyl foretells the coming of a Savior, who was identified by Mediaeval theologians as Jesus.
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