Note: Domenichino's Sibyl

See Madelyn Gutwirth (pp. 172-82; 239) for the importance of this famous painting to Staël, who actually had her own portrait painted as the Sibyl.

By the nineteenth-century, Sibyls were popular cultural icons, and the term had become a commonplace way to refer to an inspired or prophetic woman author.

Mary Shelley opens the frame narrative of The Last Man with the discovery of "Sibylline leaves."


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