"In the Madonna, however, he has attempted and reached the highest pinnacle of his art. The sentiment of beauty seems, as it were, to pervade every lineament of this wonderful production, and a sense of holy awe creeps over us, as we gaze on this extraordinary picture, and the charm which the painter has thrown around us by the simplicity and purity of his outline is increased by mellowness of his coloring and the harmony of his tones. It has been observed that the beauty that pervades this great picture is, however, mere human beauty, and that it is wanting in the ideality and spiritual graces of the Italian school. It is true that the beauty is human--but at the same time, it is human beauty of such a noble and exalted character, that we may hesitate to decide, whether the godlike Daughter of Earth, by Murillo, or the ideal Queen of Heaven, by Raphael, best deserves the palm. Donna Maria Seganez, who served Murillo as a model for this picture, is well known to have belonged to one of the most ancient families of Spain." [P. 6; exhibited under heading: "First Exhibition of the Artists' Association of Baltimore."]
Catalogue of Paintings, Engravings, &c., &c. at the Picture Gallery of the Artists' Association and of the Maryland Historical Society. Baltimore: Printed by John D. Toy, corner of Market and St. Paul Streets. 1856.