The Cumaean Sibyl

Old Italian Masters

The Cumaean Sibyl


Timothy Cole

(American, 1852–1931)

after Michelangelo Buonarroti

(Italian, 1475–1564)

Wood engraving

Gift of Mrs. Walter H. Merriam 1932.599

Catalogue raisonné: Smith 241



In the 1800s many artists were inspired by the Italian Renaissance, seeing in it the clarity and classical ideals they valued. Timothy Cole traveled to Europe in 1883 for a commission to engrave images after Italian Renaissance works for an audience in the United States. This wood engraving reproduces one of Michelangelo’s monumental sibyls from the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

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PR - Wood engraving
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