The Tiburtine sibyl and the Emperor Augustus
Print shows a female prophet directing Emperor Augustus's gaze upward towards a group of spirits in the clouds.
Title from Graphic sampler / compiled by Renata V. Shaw, Prints and Photographs Division. Washington : Library of Congress, 1979, pp. 24-28.
Print originally part of Pembroke album, no. 69.
Graphic sampler, pp. 10-28.
Printmaking in woodcut and engraving came to Northern Italy within a few decades of their invention north of the Alps. Engraving probably came first to Florence in the 1440s, the goldsmith Maso Finiguerra (1426–64) used the technique. Italian engraving caught the very early Renaissance, 1460–1490. Print copying was a widely accepted practice, as well as copying of paintings viewed as images in their own right.