"Andrea Dal Friso (see no. 594.) Prophecy of the sibyl. 54 x 40. On the proposal of the Roman senate to accord divine honors to Augustus, the Tiburtine sibyl at Tivoli, in answer to his question as to his acceptance of them, told him that a Hebrew child would soon be born who would reign supreme. She pointed to the heavens, where the emperor saw the virgin with her son, seated on a throne. He returned to Rome, and erected an altar to the 'first born of god,' 'primogenito dei.' Thus runs the fable which is the subject of this picture." (see serial 04120420 for commentary on artist)
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.