Date Made/Found: late 19th-early 20th Century
, 1436 - 1487
Material and Medium: photograph
Dimensions: Mount: 490 x 352mm
Sight size (upper work): 171 x 103mm
Accession Number: CGSG04453
This photograph is an image of an engraving of the Hellenistic Sibyl made in the late 1400s in Italy. It was most likely part of a game set. Ruskin believed that Sandro Botticelli designed the set and that his pupil, Baccio Baldini engraved them. Ruskin used this image to depict Botticelli as a classical scholar, with a deep understanding of the metaphors within myth and symbolism. He particularly pointed out the twisting shaping of the gnarled, wooden throne around the Hellenistic Sibyl. He felt this represented the classical tradition of the ‘Labyrinth of Life’, and confirmed the Sibyl’s designation as the Spirit of Old Age.