This painting is now regarded as among the greatest of modern works. It has passed the severest ordeals of criticism, and is now placed with those which constitute landmarks in the history of Art. Its purchase was effected ere the work was completed, else it never would have been permitted to escape a titled purchaser. Several efforts have been made to effect its return to Europe, but without avail. . . . Few pictures, since the days of Angelo and Titian have attracted as much attention. We may be permitted to give the reader a brief description of this work and its subject. The moment chosen is that of the memorable scene before Constance, whose steeples are seen in the distance. Upon an eminence, forming the centre of the picture, the stake of martyrdom is seen, surrounded with fagots; and the executioners, three in number, await the order for the sacrifice with a cruel indifference to the suffering in store for the noble victim. . . . The landscape is exquisitely given; no detail of distance, or foreground, or sky, is lacking. . . ." [Pp. 7-9.]
The Dusseldorf Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings, by Artists of the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, now on exhibition at 548 Broadway, New-York. Season Tickets to the Gallery, fifty cents. Sidney and Russell, Printers, 79 John Street, N.Y.