The original of this painting is in the Vatican at Rome, and is one of the most world renowned productions of art. It was copied at the insistence of the late Mrs. Crawford by Signor Bartolomaie, an eminent Italian painter, who was induced to devote himself to the reproduction of the original with a zeal whose success is illustrated in this, perhaps the first copy that exists. The same remarks apply to Peter Martyr of Titian, (No. 171) from the church of S.S. Giovanni, Paoli in Venice, which is also the work of Signor Bartolomaie, and pronounced by those who have seen the two works side and side to be the best copy of the many that have been made of the original. After Dominichino. [P. 7; see entry 02080175 for other work noted in this commentary.]
Catalogue of Paintings, Engravings, &c. &c. at the Picture Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society. Sixth Annual Exhibition, 1858. Baltimore: Printed by John D. Toy, corner of Market and St. Paul Streets.