Artist Italian
Artist after Michelangelo, Italian, 1475-1564
  • Libyan Sibyl
Date ca. between 1573 and 1600
Medium black chalk on dark cream antique laid paper
Dimensions Sheet: 16 1/16 × 10 inches (40.8 × 25.4 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps
Accession Number 09.1SDR173
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Marks Watermark: [eagle within circle beneath crown, see Briquet no. 207 (1573-76), photocopies are in object file]
Inscriptions Inscribed, in pencil, verso, upper left: 10-8 | 1-5 [underscored]
Inscribed, in pen and brown ink, verso, lower right: .D. | L952[E?]
Inscribed, in pencil, verso, lower left: ax/
Inscribed, in pen and red ink, verso, lower left: N3219.
Inscribed, in pencil, verso, lower left: Copy only
Inscribed, in pen and black ink, on fragments of old backing, lower left: 36 | 15
March 1889, sold by (Sotheby's, London, England).
James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
Mrs. James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Italian, French, English, and Spanish Drawings and Watercolors: Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries. New York, 1992, pp. 273-274, no. A10.

Oleszewski, E.J. "A Design for the Sistine Chapel Ceiling." Bulletin of the DIA 63 (January 1976): pp. 20, 26 (fig. 16).

Olszewski, Edward. A Corpus of Drawings in Midwestern Collections. Sixteenth-Century Italian Drawings, vol. 1-2. Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2008, vol. 1, p. 243, cat. 193 (ill.).