Othello relating his Adventures to Desdemona, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 14
One of the masterpieces of the age . . . [that] was painted for the King of Prussia, but never delivered, owing to the unsettled state of affairs at Berlin, when the work was completed. . . . Various offers were made to effect its repurchase, but it was retained, to form one of the leading attractions of this collection. The leading figure is that of Othello, whom the artist here represents as a "negro." . . . It is a truly splendid characterization, full of force, passion, and nobility--just such a soul as the enraptured Desdemona might love with a lasting intensity. The accessories of drapery are boldly, but subduedly, wrought,--adding power to the impression the dark-skinned hero has made through the narration of "the dangers he had passed." Desdemona can hardly be termed a secondary figure, for the eye seems instinctively to centre upon her. . . . The figure of Brabantino is a striking one--it would be a great one upon any other canvas. So with that of the surprised servant-child, in the background. The fine Venetian scene forming the background has all the air and grace of the "City of the Doges." [Pp. 12-13; the words "soul," "power," "admire," and "love" appear in italics in the catalogue.]
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.