Detail of a painted screen

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From Wester Livilands House, Stirling

Postcard of Detail of a painted screen.
© National Museums Scotland

Detail of a painted screen

This is one of six paintings, showing six of the 12 sibyls - ancient Roman prophetesses - on a pine and oak screen. The screen comes from Wester Livilands House in Stirling. It was made for advocate Robert Murray and his wife Christina Cowan in 1629.

The screen shows the sibyls predicting the coming of Christ. The sibyl in this painting is called Erythraea.

The imagery on the screen is an example of the Renaissance convention of adapting classical mythology to render it acceptable in a Christian setting.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-673-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KL 137
Date: 1629
Material: Wood, painted
What: Painting
Subject: Carved woodwork, painted ceilings (NMAS Classification)
Who: Erythraea
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Stirling, Wester Livilands House
Description: One of six tempera paintings on wood, representing six of the twelve Sibyls, from an oratory in Wester Livilands House, Stirling, 1629
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