"Raphael, Rafaele Sanzio, or Santi, born at Urbino in 1483. . . . His peculiar powers are most fully developed in the Madonnas and Holy Families, of which he has left so great a number. In his youth he seems to have been fondest of this class of subjects, and if his earliest works of this kind bear the impress of a dreamy, sentimental fancy, and the later ones of a cheerful conception, the works of the third period form the happiest medium between cheerfulness and dignity. . . ." No. 48.--The Virgin, Infant Christ, and St. John--on a panel--the back-ground on the left, a landscape, with some buildings in the distance. The Virgin is seated looking out of the picture with the infant Christ in her arms; her face is very fine, and expressive of tranquil maternal joy, and the utmost purity of soul; a transparent veil covers, and falls slightly from the head, the air of which is very graceful; the infant Saviour, with both arms around the neck of the little St. John, looks intently at the spectator, the latter holds his right arm and hand to the Saviour's breast with a gesture of adoration, while regarding his face with artless fondness. The delicate colouring is relieved by the deeper shades of the drapery, which has a noble simplicity. The landscape is similar to another one with the same composition of figures. [Pp. 16-17.]
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.