Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 41 (Sale info: TO BE AUCTIONED).
"From a gallery in Genoa. Santa Rosa was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586, and is the only canonized female saint of the new world. Stirling, in his artstis of Spain, says: 'This flower of sanctity, whose fragrance has filled the whole Christian world, is the patroness of America, the St. Theresa of transatlantic Spain.' She was distinguished for her austerities and for her filial devotion. She maintained her parents by her labor after they had fallen on evil days, toiling all day in her garden and at night with her needle. Her usual food was bitter herbs; and she was noted for her extreme hatred of vanity, and consequently of beauty, which she regarded as the root of vanity. She was herself especially gifted with a lovely complexion, on account of which she was named. When compelled by her mother to wear a wreath of roses, she so adjusted it on her brow that it became a crown of thorns. Rejecting a host of suitors, she at length destroyed her great charm by an applica- tion of pepper and quicklime. She took the habit of the third order of St. Dominick, and died in 1617. A Peruvian legend relates that Pope Clement X., when entreated to canonize her, refused, exclaiming, 'India and Saint. As likely as that it should rain roses.' Instantly a shower of roses commenced in the Vatican, and it did not cease until the pontiff yielded and acknowledged his mistaken credulity. " Of the pictures of this saint by the Spanish masters, Murillo represents her with a thorny crown, and holding in her hand the figure of the infant saviour, resting upon full-blown roses. In this picture she is seen kneeling at the foot of an ideal Christ, draped in her assumed monastic habit." [P. 9.]
Catalogue of the Collection of Paintings by Celebrated Old and Modern Masters, and Statuary, belonging to N.D. Morgan, Esq., Brooklyn. The Whole on Exhibition, Friday, January 21st, at the Art Rooms, 817 Broadway. To be sold by auction Wednesday and Thursday Evenings, January 26th and 27th, Commencing at Eight o'clock. The Messrs. Leavitt, Auctioneers.