Born in Florence 1490; died 1527; aged 37. A favourite disciple of Raphael; who instructed him in the principles of the art, and employed him in many of his works; remarkable for his inseparable attachment to Polidoro, those two friends lived and associated as companions in study. The troubles that involved Rome at that time compelled Maturino to fly from it, and tore him from his beloved companion, Polidoro; though Vasari says, their souls were so united by a sincere friendship, that they were determined to live and die together. He was carried off by the plague at the age of thirty-seven. The picture before us is a charming specimen; it possesses the purity, innocence, and simplicity of Raphael, with a greater sweetness of colour, and surprising power of light. His works are very rare. (On panel--1 ft. 8 inh. by 2 ft. 1 1/2 inh.) [P. 15.]
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.