Born at Bologna, 1754; died age 68. Matthew, ii. 13. "Behold the Angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream: saying, arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him." 14.--"When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt." This picture is truly astonishing for its energy; it appears rather moulded into being by a daring effort of the imagination, than produced by the labour or care of painting. The head of the infant Christ, as also the Angel and the St. Joseph, are three fine examples of foreshortening. For mastery of pencilling, colour, power, and chiaroscuro, it is a noble example of the equal powers of this great master. It partakes of the grand gusto of Annibal Carracci to whom it is in no point inferior. (On canvass--7 ft. 7 inh. by 5 ft. 4 inh.) [P. 7.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.