Holy Family with Saints in a Landscape, (painting)
Rubens, Peter Paul b. 1577
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 6
"No. 6.--Holy Family with Saints in a Landscape.--This large picture has many marks of the master's more slight and sketchy manner, and is of the period and school, if not in part from the hand of Rubens. It is a repetition of the same subject . . . as that of a picture in the National Gallery of England, and similar to another by Rubens at Antwerp. . . . These pictures were more properly entitled, 'The Triumph of St. George,' that being the representation intended by Rubens: and the work is made particularly interesting by his having introduced the portraits of himself (as St. George) his first wife (as the Princess of Selene, with the black robe, indicating that she was then dead;) his second wife (as the Virgin;) of a lady whom he much admired, and whose portrait is now in Sir Robert Peel's collection, (as St. Mary Magdalen;) and of some of his children (as St. John and Angels.) . . . The successful champion is here planting or unfurling the red cross banner; . . . The dragon and the red banner are seen on the left. There is great beauty in the brilliancy and fresh green of the trees and foliage; and in these respects the picture exhibits the characteristics of his landscape painting; . . . There is in all the same juiciness and freshness, the same full luxuriant life, the same vigour and enthusiasm, . . ." [Pp. 21-22; see entry 01600034 for a note 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.