Description: Bennett offers the following description of Sybilla Palmifera : “The sibyl is presented holding a palm-sceptre and seated upon a throne before a marble canopied niche. A festoon of olive boughs hangs over her head. Butterflies, symbols of the soul, hover at one side; lamps at either hand illuminate the carved pilasters above, that at the left representing a blindfolded cupid, beneath a circlet of roses, and that at the right a skull, beneath a wreath of poppies; carved in the niche appears a winged sphinx and, at the left, perhaps a many-headed serpent.” ( Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 169). The “lamp” at the right is, in fact, a censer. See also F.G. Stephens' account, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , 64-65.
Subject: Ideal Beauty
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