The subject being treated by two artists in this exhibition, to avoid the appearance of the partiality, the committee give the passage in the Appendix. See 50, and Appendix. [P. 12; see entry 01510050 for the artist's biography and entry 01510062 for a work by G. Marsiglia of the same subject.] "Awake, before the dawn/ I heard my sons (for they were in my cell)/ Moaning in sleep, and asking me for bread;/ Now they were all awake, and now the hour/ Of our spare daily meal drew nigh, and each/ Was full of dark misgivings from his dream./ I heard the portal of the fearful tower/ Locked up below. I seemed of stone. But they/ "Wept freely, and my little Anselm said,/ Father, what ails thee, that thou gazest thus."/ Yet even then I wept not, answered not.--Rev. E. Griffin's Translation from Dante's Inferno. The Count Ugolino and his children were confined in a prison at Pisa, Italy. This subject is taken from Dante's Inferno, Canto xxxiii., where the author makes Ugolino say, "On the fourth day, as a little light shone into the prison, I observed my children with death-like countenances, and Gaddo threw himself at my feet, saying, my father, why do you not help me.*" The other three are, Anselmuccio, Uguccione, and Prigata: they all perished, from the fourth to the sixth day, by hunger, in the same prison with their father." [Appendix.]
Catalogue. Descriptive, Biographical and Historical, of the Exhibition of Select Paintings, by Modern Artists, principally American, and living, under the Direction of a Committee of Amateurs. The Paintings borrowed for this particular purpose from friends to the arts. At the Stuyvesant Institute, for four weeks only from the day of opening, Nov. 19, 1838. New York: Printed by G.P. Scott. 1838.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academician.