Description of the painting by Michelangelo Buanarroti "Eritrean Sibyl"

Description of the painting by Michelangelo Buanarroti

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Fifth Sibyl is Eritrea. Her parents were Lamy and Apollo. It is repeatedly mentioned in the books of Moses. This sibyl predicted to the Greeks the Trojan War that the city of Troy would be captured, the fate of Aeneas, the famous founder of Rome, the future of his descendants and the coming of Christ.

Svila is called Eritrea because it was born in the village of Eritron. She had many names, everyone called her differently: Sicilian, Sardinian, Gergifa, Rhodes, Libyan, Levkad and even Samia. It existed 483 years before they took Troy. She lived for over 1000 years.

In his work, Michelangelo was able to accurately convey the image of this flowering and balanced person. He relied on the well-known facts about the Sibyl. For example, it was known that she wrote various books and prophecies about God, the Son of God, about the Savior, about the movement of human members.

She also composed many prophetic hymns, verses, and invented a triangular-shaped instrument similar to a harp. It was not for nothing that Michelangelo portrayed the Eritrean Sibyl, turning the pages of an ancient book, in such a way that anyone could notice her beauty, a charming look and the power of her physique on her fresco.

The historian Giorgio Vasari described her in the following words:. Sibyl keeps her book away from herself and, having crossed her legs, is going to turn over another page, while she is carefully considering what to write about next, at the moment when the path behind her lights a fire to light a lamp. The figure of this beauty is unusual both in facial expression and in clothing; and hairstyle; so are her naked arms.

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