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Libyan Sibyl, Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1512

Libyan Sibyl, Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1512


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Libyan Sibyl - Michelangelo Buonarotti. 1512

The Sibyls are priestesses who foretold who never served in a particular temple, but went from polis to polis and prophesied. The phenomenon of the Sibyls from Libya, as the Greeks called Africa, is that even 700 years before Christmas, she sharply opposed the veneration of idols and the entire system of the Greek pagan religion.

Historically, the existence of Sybil is not proven, but historians of Christianity have always made attempts to find the sources of true faith in the events and personalities of the ancient world.

The author places Sybil in the side belt of the vaulted painting. The whole main composition, as it were, rests on the prophets of hoary antiquity, among which the Libyan soothsayer has a special position.

Sibyl is traditionally depicted: with a huge tome in his hands, a complex u-turn, graceful legs, and an excellent physique. All these features characteristic of a high revival are enhanced by the master’s ability to breathe life into his creations. The heroine seems to be going to tell all the audience something important that was revealed to her. The folio, depicted nearby, undoubtedly refers the viewer to the scripture, which makes any prophecy of Sibyl knowingly true.

The unique manner of the great master, his talent make the mural an independent work of art.


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