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Palma Vecchio (active 1480-1528)

A Sibyl c. 1522-4

RCIN 405763

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Inspired by Titian’s Flora (Uffizi), the seductive but idealised female half-length was one of Palma’s specialities. The woman’s appearance may have been inspired by the look of Venetian courtesans at the time, and also reflects descriptions of erotic beauty in literature.