The St. Jerome by Leonardo da Vinci--was for many years a chef d'oeuvre of the Aldobrandini Palace of Rome, from which place it was brought five and twenty years since by Lieut. General Maitland. [P. III.] Born in 1452, at the castle of Vinci, in the vale of Arno; died in the arms of Francis the First, 1519; aged 67. . . . The picture before us is a rare specimen, and in wonderful preservation. It is extraordinary in finish: every hair on the beard and eyebrows is distinctly marked, and almost the pores of the skin. And [it] may prove to us the truth of his spending four years in the painting of the portrait of Gioconda. The moral of the picture is striking and philosophical. The saint, with a skull at his feet, and the Cardinal's cap, the insignia of pomp, laid aside, is reflecting on the vanity of worldly honors; the left hand is raised in acknowledgment, while the right, placed on the breast, alludes to a vital principle which shall live beyond the wreck of mortality. The Bible, open, intimates the necessity of cultivating this principle, while the character of the beautiful varied landscape ruins convey much for reflection to the mind of the spectator. . . . (On thick pannel--3 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. 3 in.) [PP. 17-19.]
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.