First Picture--Two Youths enter upon a Pilgrimage, one to the Cross, the other to the World, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 1
The series of pictures called the Cross and the World is a great Christian poem, an important part of which remains unfinished. . . . The first represents two youths entering upon a pilgrimage,--one to the Cross, the other to the World. . . . To the left, a straight and narrow path takes its way up a rugged gorge, down which there beams a silvery light from a bright cross in the sky. The path at first leads off through fields of real flowers, betokening the early part of the Christian life, . . . In the distance a dark mist hovering over the track, conceals from the advancing way-farer the real difficulties of his journey. . . . To the right, a gracefully winding way leads down into a gently undulating and pleasant vale. . . . A golden light falls through an atmosphere of repose, and lends warmth, softness and beauty, . . . At the foot of the mountain stands the Evangelist with the open Gospel. A little in advance are the waters, symbolical of Baptism. Two youths, companions in the travel of life, having come to the parting of their road, . . . While one, through the power of truth, enters with timid steps upon his lonely pilgrimage, the other, caught by the enchantment of the earthly prospect, turns his back upon Evangelist and the Cross, and speeds forward upon the pathway of the world. [PP. 9-10; exhibited under heading: "THE CROSS AND THE WORLD, a series of Allegorical Pictures."]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalog of the Fifth Exhibition. 1850. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1850.