UNKNOWN MASTER, Flemish
(active 1510s in Antwerp)

The Tiburtine Sibyl Utters Prophecies for Emperor Augustus

1515-20
Tempera on canvas, 175 x 119 cm
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

This painting is a rare example of early sixteenth-century Flemish paintings on canvas, since in this period the preferred support of the pictures was wood. This painting was probably produced to replace tapestries. Due to the absence of a final varnish, the colours were damaged by chemical transformations.