One of the auction's few sparks of interest was generated by Pietra Testa, il Lucchesino's large history painting Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl
presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (Fig.
altogether by being reflected in the mind of the Cumaean Sibyl
This is the site where the legendary priestess, the Cumaean Sibyl
, made her prophecies.
In this way, Rabelais' Sibyl of Panzoust becomes a rewriting of Virgil's Cumaean sibyl
, except that within the network of Rabelaisian signs the golden bough becomes transformed into a phallus.
She has a message for the reader and speaks to him or her: "For on one occasion I myself saw, with my own eyes, the Cumaean Sibyl
hanging in a cage, and when some boys said to her, 'Sibyl, what do you want?
His main source is the prophecy of the Cumaean Sibyl
in the Aeneid, and his later translation of that passage makes the imagery of violent sex, which is relatively latent in the Latin, obvious and explicit.
He begins with a Latin edition of the book faced with English translation, and appends a discussion of Virgil's sources for the Cumaean Sibyl
Moreover, Lewis characterizes Corinne's genius as emanating from within, a la Shelley in A Defence of Poetry, whereas other scholars, including myself, have argued elsewhere that it is imposed more generally from without--she seems to be inhabited by other forces when she takes the stage, described in terms that evoke the Cumaean Sibyl
and the Prophets of the Old Testament ("A Genius for the Modern Era: Madame de Stael's Corinne," FCFS 30: 3-4 and "Articulating Balzac's Genius at the Crossroads of the Nineteenth Century," Excavatio 16: 1-2).
Sir Robert kept Claude Lorrain's landscape, A Prospect of Baiae with Apollo and the Cumaean Sibyl
close to him whilst he was in Downing Street as the King's first minister.
Higgins says that "Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves"--by having been located, through the allusion to the Cumaean Sibyl
, "discursively in the realm of Virgil"--"refuses the consolation of a Christian context" (p.
Most of these references occur in the context of the descriptions of Leon's fellow passengers: an Italian woman who reminds him of the Cumaean sibyl
While Seneca merely implies that the renewal of the age of Saturn will be associated with Virgo, Virgil's fourth Eclogue explicitly states that the Cumaean Sibyl
predicted a new age of Saturn in which Virgo/Astraea would return to earth - I am redit et virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna - an event interpreted by many contemporary writers as the reign of Queen Elizabeth.