The Domenichino was a chef d'oeuvre of the Colonna Palace from which place it was brought by Sir Joshua Reynolds. [P. III.] Born at Bologna, 1581; died 1641, aged 60. The picture before us is a wonderful proof of this master's power. It displays, at one comprehensive grasp, a combination of the sublime--sea and land, flowing rivers, rocks, mountains, pasture and lofty trees, the magnificent and the pastoral in beautiful unison; the trees breathe the breeze, and the objects seem to live in a second creation. Every passage in this specimen of the master is his monogram; it is full of deep poetry and beauty, and requires repeated and abstract attention to feel its force. He was considered the most distinguished pupil of the Carracci, and even preferred by Count Algarrotti, to the Carracci themselves. Poussin ranked him directly next to Raphael. He shunned all society, that he might better devote his whole time to the art. (On canvass--5 ft. 2 in. by 3 ft. 9 in.) [P. 14.]
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.