Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 47 (Sale info: For Sale).
This is an acknowledged masterpiece, which, for combined purity, sweetness, and elevation of sentiment, and gem-like perfection of execution, justly ranks among the noblest products of Christian art. No one can fail to note the marvellous delicacy of touch and force of general effect which distinguish the work; the rare power of characterization displayed in the figures; the matchless grouping; the exquisite harmony of coloring; the admirable chairo-scuro; and that pure luminous quality of color which seems to fill the scene with such a celestial sweetness, as if it were bathed in the very air of heaven. As a whole, how irresistibly this simple yet touching presentation of the spirit of Christianity appeals to the heart% How much more potent in its winning persuasiveness than the most elaborate efforts of logic and philosophy% [P. 9.]
1866. Exhibition of Pictures; the contribution of French, German, and Belgian Artists, under the Direction of W. Schaus, Esq., New York. Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Catalogues ten cents. Season Tickets twenty-five cents. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer, 705 Jayne Street. 1866.