This exquisite Statue is the work of an untutored monk, FRA CARLO ANTONIO PESENTI, of the Convent of St. Nicholas, Genoa, who, acting under the powerful influence of a national genius for Art, heightened by religious enthusiasm, believed himself inspired, and bound, as a labor of penance and devotion, to carve from an immense block of ivory, which had long been an object of curiosity and wonder in Genoa, an image of his Saviour on the cross. . . . This figure was purchased from the monk by the American Consul at Genoa; was carried to Florence, and there visited, criticised, and admired by Mr. Powers, and the most celebrated artists and amateurs of that city. It has been seen by thousands in this country; and while in London was visited by many of the first artists and anatomists, who have unanimously pronounced it a masterpiece, combining the highest perfections of anatomical accuracy, manly beauty and divine expression. [P. 10; engraving on P. 10 is signed "M. Orr Sc." and depicts a group of admirers gathered at the base of the crucifix. It depicts a single figure of Christ swathed only in a loin-cloth, hanging dead on the cross, the whole mounted on a pedestal of about four feet in height. On P. 33 appears an engraved portrait of Pesanti, signed, "W.J. Linton S.," along with a poem by A. St. Louisian.]
The Cosmopolitan Art Association Illustrated Catalogue. 1855-1856. For the Encouragement and General Diffusion of Literature & Art. Descriptive Catalogue of the Valuable Oil Paintings, Statuary, Bas Reliefs, Bronzes, &c., to be distributed or allotted to the subscribers of the Cosmopolitan Art Association, for second year, on the 31st of January next, 1856.