Paul Veronese painted four pictures on this subject, equally celebrated, of which this is the first and the largest of the four. It comprises one hundred and twenty figures, the greatest part portraits, of the most celebrated personages of the age, in which the painter lived. The first figure on the left is Alphonse D'Avolos, Marquis de Guast, by the side of him is Eleanor of Austria, and her husband Francis 1st, in a Venetian cap. Afterwards we see Mary, Queen of England, and Sultan Soliman the second. At the angle of the table, the person in profile and baldheaded, is the Emperor Charles V., bearing the insignia of order of the Golden Fleece. Paul Veronese is seated in front playing the viol--Titian, the bass, near him Tintoret touches the violin, and Bassan the flute. This picture was painted for the dining-hall of St. George in Venice, the conquests of France caused it to be brought to Paris in 1798, where it was placed in the principal saloon of the Louvre. It has remained there ever since, the Italian Commissioners empowered to take back the picture in 1815, having consented to leave this splendid work in France, and to exchange a St. Stephen painted by Charles Lebrun. [P. 13.]
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.