Sibyls (Raphael)

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Raphael The Sibyls.jpg
Artist Raphael
Year 1514
Type Fresco
Location Santa Maria della Pace, Rome

The Sybils, or Sybils receiving instruction from Angels, is a painting by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted in 1514, as part of a commission Raphael had received from the Sienese banker Agostino Chigi to decorate the interior of Santa Maria della Pace in Rome.[1]

The painting shows four sibyls - Cumaean, Persian, Phrygian and Tiburtine, accompanied by attendant angels.[2] Art historian Michael Hirst notes there is a "striking" parallel between the figures of the Sybils and the practice sketches of Michelangelo.[3]