Augustus and the Sibyl

According to a tradition, the Virgin and Child appeared to the Roman Emperor Augustus and one of the Sibyls and pointed out the site of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli, Rome. The Virgin and Child are in the sky at the upper left.It is possible that this panel originally formed part of a piece of furniture.

In the past the work has been attributed to numerous Venetian painters active in the early 15th century, but its condition makes firm attribution difficult. A part of the landscape derives from that in Giovanni Bellini's 'Resurrection' (Berlin, Gemäldegalerie), and the town and bridge recur in the background of Busati's 'The Entombment'.

Key facts

Full title
Augustus and the Sibyl
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Oil on wood
17.5 x 38.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery