Born 1569; died 1609, aged 40. This is a surprising specimen of the master--and combines excellencies seldom so equally attained in his other works. The attitude of Christ is simple and majestic--every single figure in this picture is a perfect study--and each subordinate part has its appropriate value to the perfect whole. The great difficulty of hands is beautifully overcome, and adds greatly to the feeling of the subject. Those of Martha are expressive of restlessness and complaint. The hands of Christ of calm dignity and repose--those of Mary gentleness and affection while the hands of the beloved disciple and of Lazarus imply love and veneration. (On canvass--5 ft. 9 inh. by 4 ft. 1 inh.) [P. 8.]
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.