"Guido Reni.--This memorable artist, one of the most distinguished of the scholars of the Carracci, was born at Bologna in 1574. The tender, the pathetic and the devout were the characters in which he particularly excelled. His heads are accounted but little inferior to Raphael's. He was gifted with a refined feeling for beauty, both in form and grouping. Sweetness was his great object, he sought it equally in design, in the touch of his pencil and in colouring." No. 40.--The Infant Christ Sleeping--holding in his hand a pale red rose. The Virgin standing behind gazing on her child with a look of adoring love. On the other side kneeling, in adoration, a female saint, her hands pierced symbolical of the Crucifixion, and behind her the white lily, the symbol of innocence. In the background St. Joseph. The colouring of the flesh has all the pearly delicacy of tone which distinguishes his best works. [P. 10.]
Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Collection of the Works of the Old Masters now Being exhibited at the Gallery of the National Academy of Design in Broadway. 1849. New-York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.