Lot Details

Lot 35
French School
17th Century
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.


Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Sold for $3,465 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Heavily restored. A few scattered paint losses near the edges, most significantly one in the upper right corner. Craquelure throughout. Dense varnish layer makes it difficult to detect all restoration under UV, but some scattered spots of inpainting visible.


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Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Sold for $3,465 (includes buyer's premium)

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