The Carlo Dolcis are two most capital performances and were purchased in Italy by Sir John Sittingborne for the sum of 1500 guineas. [P. iii.] Born at Florence, 1616; died 1686; aged 70. There is a gentle devotion and refinement of feeling in this painter's works, suitable to his sweet style of painting, in which he stands alone, and for which the soft charm of his pencil was so peculiarly calculated. The Magdalen is beautifully expressive of sorrow, devotion, and patience. This and the companion are duplicates of the same, in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The Magdalen is acknowledged as a better picture than the one at Windsor, and the pair before us are extremely choice and valuable specimens of that master. (On canvass--3 ft. 5 inh. by 2 ft. 9 inh.) [P. 12; see entry 01850035 for other work noted in this commentary.]
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.