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Unlike the Libyan Sibyl, her companion according to the predictions of the Persian Sibyl lived in the East, which can already be understood from her name. She bore the name of Sambet and was also called Babylonian soothsayer in a different way.
Mention of it dates back to the 13th century BC. e., to the same period, namely to 1248 BC. e., belong to the prophecies of the famous Sibyl, which she drew in her books, reaching up to 24 pieces. It is believed that in them there are prophecies regarding the life and deeds of Jesus Christ, as well as Alexander the Great and other legendary personalities. They were expressed in the form of poems with a double meaning, not amenable to unambiguous interpretation.
According to descriptions of contemporaries, the Persian Sibyl wore gold clothes and had a youthful appearance. On the fresco of the Sistine Chapel, performed by Michelangelo Buanarotti Sambeta appears already in quite old age. The woman sits, almost completely turning away from the viewer, bringing her face close to the invariable book.
Perhaps it was at this moment that the Persian Sibyl reads his next prophecy, all of which were saturated with mystery and centuries-old oriental wisdom. What is hidden in them, what does it promise to the listener - grief and sadness, or maybe joy and happiness? Stara became Sambeta, her eyes are not as good as in her youth, but her mind is still sharp and clear.
As always in the work of Michelangelo, bright and rich tones prevail in the image of the Sibyl, emphasizing the richness, quality factor and excellent quality of the clothes of the Persian prophetess.
She still feels the inner strength inherent, however, to all five Sibyls, and this is undoubtedly the merit of the great painter Buanarotti, who was able to convey with unprecedented accuracy the characters of the soothsayers, using not words, but brushes and paints.
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