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Bequest of Marguerite Brokaw Adams
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 1996-1997
Gallery Rotation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 3/02 - 6/02
A woman of extreme elegance is posed decoratively against a millefleurs background. Her gown falls in straight pleats of green velvet with golden highlights. Precious stones ornament the deep neckline; a large jewel on a chain is centered on her forehead. Her blond hair is looped in fine braids over an open headdress with an attached rose-colored veil that lifts and twists with a grace reminiscent of Botticelli. Despite her finery, the Sibyl projects an air of melancholy. She holds a bunch of birch branches in her right hand, a long whip with three attached cords in her left, as she gazes sadly toward a banner inscribed SIBILLA… DE FLAG… She is the Sibyl Agrippa who foretold of the flagellation of Christ. The banderole in its original state would probably have read SIBILLA AGRIPPA VATICINATUR DE FLAGELLATIONE CHRISTI (Sibyl Agrippa foreteller of Christ’s flagellation). From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): 84.