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LocationSanta 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]


  1. ^ Alcorn, Crichton (2014). Raphael: 118 Paintings. Osmora Inc. ISBN 9782765904403.
  2. ^ Durant, Will (1953). The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576 A.D. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780671616007.
  3. ^ Hirst, Michael (1988). Michelangelo and His Drawings. Yale University Press. p. 37. ISBN 9780300047967. Sibyls Raphael.