Example 28: Renaissance drawing, study

Work Record
Class [controlled]: • prints and drawings  • European art
  *Work Type [link]: •  drawing  • study
  *Title: Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)
  *Creator Display: Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian,  1475-1564)
  *Role  [link]: draftsman  [link]: Buonarroti,  Michelangelo
  *Creation Date: 1508-1512  [controlled]: •  Earliest: 1508  • Latest: 1512
  *Subject  [links]: • religion and mythology  •  human figure  • Lybian Sybil (Christian iconography)  • Sistine Chapel frescoes (Vatican, Italy)
  Style [link]:  Renaissance
  Culture [link]: Italian
  *Current Location [link]: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York USA)  •  ID: 1924 (24.197.2) 
  *Measurements:  28.9 x 21.3 cm (height) (11 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches)
  [controlled]  Value: 28.9 Unit: cm Type: height  |  • Value: 21.3 Unit: cm Type: width
  *Materials and Techniques:  red chalk on ivory-colored laid paper
  Material [links]:  • red chalk  • laid paper  Technique  [links]: • drawing
  Description: Michelangelo made these studies using a nude male model for the figure of the female Libyan sibyl, intended for the ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican. In the iconography, the ancient Greek Sibyls were believed responsible for a collection of oracular prophecies in which Christian doctrine was supposedly confirmed. The sibyls came thus to be regarded by some Christians as prophetic authorities comparable to the Old Testament prophets. These prophecies were actually the work of various Jewish and Christian writers from ca. 150 BCE - ca. 180 CE.
  Description Sources  [link]: Hibbard,  Howard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harrison House, 1986.
  • Berenson, Bernard. The Drawings of the Florentine Painters. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1938. Page:  251, plate 445
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art online. www.metmuseum.org   Page: accessed 22 October 2006

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