"CARACCI, (Ludovico).--Born at Bologna in 1560; he died in 1609. He studied the works of Titian, Correggio, &c., and may be considered the chief founder of the Caracci school--the happy effect of which institution has been proved by the number of great artists who were formed therein. If he had less fire in his compositions than Annibale or Agostino, he surpassed them in grace, grandeur, and sweetness. In religious subjects, particularly, he excelled them both; and, after the manner of Correggio, he gave a wonderful grace to his Madonnas. Simplicity and elegance distinguished all his designs, and his general composition is sublime. To a modest style of form, to a simplicity eminently fitted for those subjects of religious gravity which his taste preferred, he joined that solemnity of hue, that sober twilight, the air of cloistered meditation, which you have so often heard recommended as the proper tone of historic colour."--Fuseli's Lecture. No. 58.--THE MARRIAGE OF ST. CATHERINE. This is a capital work of the great master--sublime in composition and chaste in colour. The little angels above might be taken for the pencil of Correggio. A carved frame of such extraordinary splendor is rarely to be met with; and, in this instance, the picture is worthy of the frame. [Pp. 44-45.]
Catalogue of the Pictures forming the collection of the Works of the Old Masters, with a List of the Engravings now being exhibited at the Gallery of the Lyceum Building, No. 563 Broadway. Second Edition. 1849. New York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.