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Cum Sibyl, Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri)

Cum Sibyl, Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri)

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Kumsky Sibyl - Domenikino (Domenico Dzampieri). 128x94

In this picture, the artist, for whom antiquity was an inexhaustible source of inspiration, depicted Kumskoy Sibyl, one of the ancient Roman soothsayers who were named after their habitat.

The ancient myth tells that Apollo, who fell in love with a girl, gave her the ability to predict and the opportunity to live for a thousand years, but her beloved forgot to ask for eternal youth. Domenikino portrayed her as young, blossoming, with a blush on her cheeks and full lips, dressed in a rich turban and puffy dress, with a viola standing next to her. The girl holds a scroll in her hand, her prophecies are written on it, and opened a book where she also spoke about the fate of the world. The appearance of the young Sibyl is full of trepidation, because she knows secrets inaccessible to others, and also because the painter clearly admired his model, with which he wrote the ancient heroine. At the same time, in her pose, calm gestures of her hands, inner greatness is felt. The desire for high harmony of the image, expressed here, was characteristic of the art of classicism, one of the immediate predecessors of which was the master.


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