This great picture, by Gabriel Max of Munich, was finished in 1870. It is historic, tinctured by romance, and wonderfully realistic. The body of a beautiful girl of 17, with auburn hair, and dressed only in a night robe, was found in a Bavarian lake. Her remains being unclaimed, were taken to a medical university for dissection. It was midnight. The Professor of Anatomy, scalpel in hand, turning down the sheet which covered the face, beholding the beauty and refinement of the form before him, is struck dumb with admiration--drops his instrument upon the floor, and sits in silent contemplation of the sad duty before him. The picture made a deep impression upon all who saw it, and was the subject of many favorable notices by the European press. Hon. Demas Barnes, then in Munich, purchased the picture and then received it during the summer of 1871. It was once loaned to the Brooklyn Art Association, during a two weeks' exhibition, and was favorably noticed by all the New York journals. With this exception, it has never until the present compliment [sic] to the Chicago Exposition, been out of Mr. Barnes' parlors. [P. 12.]
Industrial Exposition. 1874. Art Catalogue. Chicago.