"Guercino--or Giovanni Francesco Barbieri--born at Cento, near Ferrara, in 1590. He had three manners, neither of which resemble the style of the Carracci, although it is said he studied in their school. His second and best manner was compounded of the Roman, Venetian, and Bolognese schools, blended, however, with somewhat of Carravaggio's bold opposition of light and shade. He received the honor of knighthood from the Duke of Mantua, and acquired great riches by his Profession, but bestowed them liberally in acts of charity, building of chapels, and founding of hospitals." No. 12.--The Virgin, with the Infant Christ in her arms, has the characteristics of his best period, as above; the child very fine. [P. 11.]
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.