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Portrait of a Lady as a Sibyl
  • Guido Reni
    born: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; died: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; active: Papal States (present-day Italy)
  • Portrait of a Lady as a Sibyl, circa 1640
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 74.9 x 63.5 cm
    Canvas/Support: 29 1/2 x 25 in
    Frame Dimensions: 39 x 33 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection
  • Not on display
  • 1960.0052
Label Text

Bust length portrait of a woman (portrayed as a Sibyl). Figure wears white and blue robes and has brown curly hair. She wears a white turban with a green oval gem set in gold and a suspended pearl. She is in three quarter view turning to the right and has pearl earrings. Her proper left elbow is resting on an elevated surface and her proper left hand is chest height with her index finger extended. Her proper right hand is resting, fingers extended, on her abdomen. The background is a dark neutral color. There is dark gray drapery in the top left corner and a tassel in the top right.