Born at Venice, 1512; died 1594; aged 82. . . . The moment chosen is [when] the Lord of creation cried "It is finished!" gave up the ghost, and all of nature responded to the groan. The sun became as blood; the mountains heave; the rocks are rent; the graves open, and the dead arise: all is here finely expressed. One part of the rock is seen to fall on the alarmed soldiers, who are full of consternation; another is struck to the earth with lightning; every object appears to be impressed with the awful import of the moment. In conception, colouring, and design, this is a masterpiece, and equals his pretensions of uniting Titian's colour to Michael Angelo's design. Many of the figures in this picture are evidently studied from that grand painting of the Last Judgment, in the Sistine Chapel, by Michael Angelo. . . . A disciple of Titian, [he] applied to the study of Michael Angelo. . . . His best works resemble the colouring of Titian, and a style of design similar to Buonarotti. . . . Disdaining to be a follower of Titian, he burned to become the head of a new school, which should carry his manner to perfection, . . . Constrained by circumstances to confine himself to an incommodious apartment, he ennobled it with, specimens of his early studies. Over the door of it he wrote "Michael Angelo's design, and the colouring of Titian." (On canvass--3 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. 2 in.) [P. 13.]
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.