Born at Courtray 1576; died 1639, aged 63. The artist excelled Dolci, in the beauty of his Madonnas, but yielded to him in the fineness of his pencil. Though not possessing the ideal beauty of the Greeks, he has yet a style of countenance peculiarly appropriate to the Virgin, in which an air of humility predominates; and the simplicity of the dress, and the attire of the head correspond with the expression of the features. The hands are beautifully painted. He delighted most in designing heads with a part of the bust. The picture of Rosario, that he painted at St. Sabina, is one of the smallest pictures in Rome, and is regarded as one of its gems. (On canvass--1 ft. 4 inh. by 1 ft. 7 inh.) [Pp. 8-9.]
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.