Born 1728; died 1799. This accomplished painter was a native of Saxony, but went to Rome to study, while yet a boy, where he copied the works of Raphael, under a severity of discipline enforced by his tutor, who for the least fault in his works, inflicted corporeal punishment, or reduced his food. Being thus compelled to study perfection, and endowed with a genius to appreciate and perceive it, he acquired a consummate taste in art; and was the author of many profound and valuable essays on the fine arts, which have materially contributed to improve the taste of the present age. He became painter to the court of Dresden, and afterwards to the court of Madrid, from which place the two pictures before us were brought. Truth was his great aim, and he diligently studied the works of the first luminaries of the art, analyzed their colours, and examined them in detail, till he entered fully into the spirit and design of those models. This picture is a companion to No. 27, and equally admirable for its sweetness and breadth of colouring. (On copper--1 ft. 2 inh. by 1 ft. 10 inh.) [P. 16; see entry 01850027 for companion piece.]
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.