The Persian Sibyl, from Prophets and Sibyls, early 1570s
Bartsch 19; Boorsch and Lewis 47 ii/III. From Prophets and Sibyls, a portfolio of six engravings after Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. Inscribed on a tablet below the feet of the Sibyl: “PERSICHA”; inscribed below the seated figure at lower left: “.G.MF. 1540. / Nico. uan aelst for. / Romae”. A very good, strong impression, printed on laid paper with AMG Serafini Fabriano watermark (Boorsch and Lewis 47), indicating a printing of probably 1690. In very good condition, aside from minor creases visible verso; adhered at top edge to backing, sheet hangs free; trimmed on 3 sides.