"Cum Sibyl, Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri)
Description of the picture:
Kumsky Sibyl – Domenikino (Domenico Dzampieri). Around 1617. Oil on canvas. 128×94
In this picture, the painter, for whom antiquity was an inexhaustible source of inspiration, depicted Kumskoy Sibyl, one of the ancient Roman soothsayers, who were named after their own habitat.
An ancient myth tells that a woman who fell in love with a lady Apollo gave her the ability to prophesy and the opportunity to live for a thousand years, but she forgot to ask her for endless youth. Domenikino portrayed her as a young woman, blossoming, with a blush on her cheeks and puffy lips, dressed in a secured turban and puffy dress, with a viola standing next to her. A woman holds a scroll in her hand, her predictions are written on it, and opened a book, where she also told about the fate of the world. The look of the young Sibyl is full of trepidation, because she knows the secret, inaccessible to others, and also since the painter obviously admired his own model, with which he wrote the most ancient heroine. At the same time, in her pose, measured gestures of her hands, inner greatness is felt. The zeal for the highest harmony of the image, expressed here, was characteristic of the art of classicism, one of the specific predecessors of which was the master."