Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 180 (Sale info: For Sale).
Pupil of C. [sic] Leutze. Raffaele died at Rome on Good Friday, April 6th, 1520, on his thirty-seventh birth-day. The general grief for the unrivaled artist was beyond description. Before the concourse of the entire Roman population, his body was exposed in front of his last grand work, the Transfiguration of Christ. The moment represented by the artist is the "blessing of the body," by Cardinal Pietro Bembo, the high patron and friend of Raffaele. . . . To the left of the spectator, Michael Angelo, who, . . . deeply mourned his great rival's early death. At his side stands his lady friend, the celebrated Countess Vittoria Colonna so highly esteemed by all her cotemporaneans for her personal beauty as well as mental acquirements. The groups of kneeling figures by the catafalque are formed by Raffaele's pupils, the one nearest to him being Giulio Romano. The fainting figure to the right of the spectator is Fornarina, Raffaele's beloved. The group to the extreme right consists of Count Baldassare Castiglione, Raffaele's noble friend, and his distinquished youngest pupil, Francesco Penni, who, like the other pupils of Raffaele, immediately after his death, found in Castiglione at once a warm friend and a true patron of art. The Sistine Madonna, by Raffaele, seen in the background to the right, was, according to tradition, used as a banner on the occasion. [P. 15.]
The Exhibition of Paintings of the International Art Institution, 694 Broadway, corner of Fourth Street. Wm. Aufermann, Director. Every painting is For Sale.--Information about prices to be had at the office. New-York: G.B. Teubner, Printer, 10 Spruce Street. 1861.