Jacopo Robusti, being the son of a dyer, thence called Il Tintoretto, born in Venice, in 1512, died 1594, aged 82. He was a pupil of Titian, but his master dismissed him from his school, from motives, it is said, of jealousy. He disdained to be an imitator, but proposed to himself as models, the drawing of Michel Angiolo, and the colouring of Titian. No artist ever surpassed him in the quickness of his genius, and the fertility of his invention. But he was not sufficiently careful of his fame, and was therefore so unequal, that Annibal Caracci said of him: "in some of his works he is equal to Titian; in others, inferior to himself." 52. Jacob's Dream. "And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the Angels of God ascending and descending on it."--Gen. xxviii. 11, 12. (On canvass--length 2 feet 5 inches, breadth 1 foot 11 inches.) [Pp. 29-30; exhibited under heading: "The Venetian 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.