Andrea Vaccaro, born at Naples 1598, died 1670. Was the pupil of Girolamo Imparato; and the contemporary and rival of Massimo Stanzioni, but at the same time his admirer and friend. At first he followed the manner of Caravaggio, but afterwards, like Stanzioni, became an enthusiastic admirer of Guido. After the death of Stanzioni he held the first rank among his countrymen; and the only one who ventured to dispute the preeminence with him, was Luca Girodano, when, returning in his youth from Rome, he introduced the new style he had acquired in the school of Pietro da Cortona. Both were competitiors for the principal picture in the Church of Santa Maria del Pianto, and Pietro da Cortona, being called to decide between them, gave his judgment against his own scholar, and in favor of Vaccaro, as superior, not only in years, but in design, and in the truth of imitation. 42. Mary Magdalene in Meditation. (On canvass--length 2 feet 5 inches, breadth 2 feet.) [P. 25; exhibited under heading: "Neapolitan School."]
Catalogue of the Pictures which formed the collection of Joseph Capece Latro, ancient Archbishop of Taranto, &c. in the Kingdom of Naples now exhibited in the City Dispensary, in White Street, for the benefit of that Charitable Institution. New York, October, 1835.