PERUGINO, Pietro
(b. 1450, Citta della Pieve, d. 1523, Perugia)

Cumaean Sibyl

1497-1500
Pen and ink on white paper, 203 x 86 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

There are drawings related to the frescoes in the Collegio del Cambio that are so precise and delicate that earlier scholars felt them to be preliminary drawings by Perugino, but today they are considered to be workshop products reproduced for study purposes. Only a very few drawings are now generally recognized as genuine studies by Perugino himself, including one for the Cumaean Sibyl. Its impetuous, sketchlike style makes it clear that it was a design drawing.