Preciosa, before the Archbishop and Cardinal, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 72
Painted in Paris. The sketch for the picture was engraved as an illustration of the following lines in Longfellow's Spanish Student. A SERVANT. The dancing-girl, and with her the musicians/ Your Grace was pleased to Order, wait without. ARCHBISHOP. Bid them come in. Now shall your eyes behold/ In what angelic yet voluptuous shape/ The Devil came to tempt Saint Anthony. (Enter PRECIOSA, with a mantle thrown over her head. She advances slowly, in a modest, half timid attitude.) CARDINAL. (Aside.) O, what a fair and ministering angel/ Was lost to Heaven when this sweet woman fell! PRECIOSA. (Kneeling before the ArchbishoP.) I have obeyed the Order of your Grace./ If I intrude upon your better hours,/ I proffer this excuse, and here beseech/ Your holy Benediction. ARCHBISHOP. may God bless thee,/ and lead thee to a better life. Arise. CARDINAL. (Aside.) Her acts are modest, and her words discreet!/ I did not look for this. (Spanish Student, Act II, Scene 2d.) [Pp. 28-29.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by Daniel Huntington, N.A., exhibiting at the Art Union buildings, 497 Broadway. Snowden, Printer, 70 Wall-Street.