Master of the Goslar Sibyls

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(fl c. 1508–10). German painter. He is named after the paintings on the panelling of the conference room (the ‘Huldigungssaal’) in the Rathaus at Goslar. Twelve kings and emperors are portrayed alternately with sibyls in contemporary dress, each pair of rulers turning towards the sibyl between them but divided from her by a thin wooden pillar and surrounded by rich tracery. The sibyls stand on grass, the rulers on paved floors, against a background of drapes and landscapes. Painted curtains affixed to poles border the lower edge of the pictures. Each picture on the ceiling has a richly ornamented frame. The scenes are dominated by red, blue and a brownish, modulating yellow. The damask patterns of the garments were printed on, using templates.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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