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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Sat Mar 28th, 2009 05:52 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote:
adammclean wrote:
I have just discovered two examples of a Sibilla Chimica in Italian art.
The first is a fresco in the  Santuario Madonna dell'Ambro (the Santuary of the Madonna of amber) in Montefortino. This chapel was established in 1602 replacing  an earlier building which housed a sacred image of Mary.
There are a series of frescos of the Sybils one of which is a Sibilla Chimica, said to have been created by the artist Martino Bonfini da Patrignone around about 1610-12.




I believe the proceedings of this conference:

http://www.alchemywebsite.com/elissa_congress.html

refers to this painting in this paper:

"Anna Maria Piscitelli (Progetto Elissa): L’errare della Vergine Sibilla dal terzo cielo all’ Aes Ustum."


There is another article by Anna Maria which may be relevant: "Sibilla Alchemica: eresia di un'ipotesi", in "Le terre della Sibilla Appenninica, Antico crocevia di idee scienze e cultura", Atti del Convegno di Ascoli Piceno-Montemonaco 6-9 Novembre 1998, a cura del Progetto Elissa, Progetto Elissa, 1999.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 28th, 2009 07:32 pm
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In the series of engravings of the Sybils attributed (wrongly?) to Baccio Baldini, a contemporary of Botticelli, the engraving of the Cimmerian Sybil apparently has the words "Sibilla Chimica" in the accompanying banderole.

So that makes nine.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 28th, 2009 08:02 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote:
It would seem that the theologian (and Inquisitor!) Filippo Barberi mentions and illustrates a Sibilla Chimica in this book:

http://www.vialibri.net/item_pg/2673696-1505-barberiis-philippus-quattuor-hic-compressa-opuscola-discordantiae-sanctorum-doctorum-hieronymi.htm

Apparently this book was referred to extensively by Lorenzo Lotto, who included a Sibilla Chimica in his frescoes in the Oratorio Suardi in Trescore:

http://www.cassiciaco.it/ITA/001ago/pittori/2005/suardi/brigida/suardi_ciclo10.htm



There is an attractive book about the frescoes by Francesca Cortesi Bosco:

http://eng.archinform.net/quellen/90639.htm


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