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Description of the painting by Michelangelo Buanarroti “Cum Sibyl”


The most famous of all sibyls is the Kumsky sibyl. Many of the Sybillins of the book are associated with her name. It was she who predicted the demise of the whole world.

Kumskaya Sibyl oppresses with her excessively large body and ugliness. Michelangelo with all the subtleties conveyed the image of this deep old woman, with a powerful body, sitting on a marble throne, reading an ancient book. The content of the folio clearly captures her. The old woman is absorbed in the difficult task of interpreting what she read, apparently in this book she has read some prophetic truth.

Her frequent mention in art overshadows any other sybil, even more beautiful and young fortune tellers. Kumsky Sibyl is a Greek priestess who lived long in the Italian city of Kuma. Apollo himself fell in love with her, as a result of which she received from God as a gift of divination and a life that would last as many years as the priestess could be far from her native land.

Years passed, generations died after generations, only Sibyl did not see death and grief. But it did not last long. Until the fortuneteller realized that she had forgotten to ask Apollo for eternal youth, because of which she quickly withered out and turned into a terrible, shriveled creature, which dreamed only of a quick death.

The Kumsky Sibyl lived for more than one thousand years and died a decrepit, shriveled old woman when she was accidentally visited by the Greeks who brought with them a handful of their native land.

Vasari spoke of the predictor as follows: ... a charming and no less beautiful old sybil, who sits with utmost grace and carefully studies the book. The poses of the two putts depicted next to her are just as magnificent.





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