Born at Leyden, 1556. Died at Brussels, 1634. Otho Venius was the master of Rubens; and this picture shows how carefully the pupil kept to the coloring taught by the master. . . . The Parcae, or Fates, are . . . in the act of spinning the destinies of men. . . . The Fates were the offspring of Jupiter and Themis. Clotho holds the distaff, and presides over the Present; Lachesis spins each one's portion of the thread of existence, and presides over the Future; Atropos cuts off the thread, and presides over the Past. Or, . . . Clotho presides over Nativity, Atropos over Death, and Lachesis over each one's lot in life. The artist has, however, rendered the subject still more interesting, by the introduction of Religion, as having a greater influence over the destinies of men than all the gods and goddesses of Grecian mythology. Sin, the mother of Death, having the body of a serpent and a human skull, bears in one hand the apple of disobedience, while, with the other, she holds out a flaming dart, touching the flax on the distaff with the fire of hell. Religion extinguishes the fire by pouring upon it the waters of everlasting life, and also bring [sic] the olive branch, as a symbol of that peace which is shown to be coming in the person of Christ. The sacrificial lamb tells the story of the Cross, and the atonement by the blood of Christ. . . . [Pp. 27-28.]
Catalogue of Oil Paintings. The Collection of J.G. Batterson, Esq. Hartford, Conn. on exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Gallery, Hartford, Conn. Press of Wm. C. Hutchings, Hartford, Conn.