"Murillo, (Bartolome--Esteban,) born at Seville in 1613. . . ." No. 44.--The Flight into Egypt--this large picture ranks among his greatest works. The face of the Virgin, expressive of resignation, mingled with fatigue, is full of sweetness. Nothing can exceed the mastery of hand, the delicacy of the pencilling, and the sweetness and freshness of the colouring. . . . It is a composition of eight figures: the Virgin mother is mounted on the Ass with the Infant Christ sitting on her right knee supported by her right arm and hand, the other hand held out before the Saviour, with a gesture of deference; upon her head a straw broad-brimmed hat; mantles, of rich purple and dark green, protect her person. The Saviour's left hand is placed confidingly on her bosom, while he looks into her face with the most childlike affection; Joseph follows on foot with a staff, at the side of the animal, holding his right hand to his breast with a look and gesture expressive of the pleasing trust that he feels in the guidance and protection of the Angel, which leads the animal by its halter with its left hand, whilst moving forward and indicating, by a gesture with its left hand, the way to Joseph; above are three protecting Angels hovering, just under the leaves of a palm tree, with looks of sweet and tender interest. The back ground represents the Desert. [Pp. 13-14; entry includes biographical information on the artist.]
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.