"Orrizonte, (Jan Franz von Bloemen,) born in Antwerp in 1656. This celebrated painter, though a Fleming, is considered an Italian master, because he studied at Rome, and always resided there, or in its vicinity. He soon showed there the greatness of his genius. His first manner resembled that of Vander Cabel, and his next that of Poussin; but he made nature his grand model, and particularly in his views about Tivoli. Those enchanting scenes, which were the subjects of many of his landscapes, he diversified with groves, declivities of hills, and falls of water." No. 33.--A Grand Landscape opening to the west, and bounded on the north by hills; at the foot of these a city with many architectural monuments; a river flowing down a midway course over falls and rapids, and spanned by a bridge at the city: in the foreground, on either bank, several figures; others in a boat are seen through the trees; the foliage a rich green, in places tinted by the light of the western sky. The disposition of the lights, and the management of the distances, as well as the colouring of the water and foliage, render this a very fine work, and extremely expressive from its truth to nature and general harmony. [P. 14.]
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.