(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto)

Red chalk, 289 x 214 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Among the most fascinating preparatory drawings for the ceiling decoration of the Sistine Chapel are the studies for the Libyan Sibyl. They are the most detailed, extant studies for the sibyls and prophets of the vault paintings. Michelangelo used a youthful male nude as a living model in order to articulate exactly the details of the sibyl.