Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 88 (Sale info: TO BE AUCTIONED).
"This historical painting is an original composition executed for the present owner. The head of the Cenci is copied directly from Guido's celebrated painting in the Barberini Palace, and the canvas bears the seal of the Prince Barberini attesting the fact. " One of the traditions is as follows: on the eve of the fatal day when Beatrice was to suffer, she sat meditating her doom so intently that for some time she did not notice a young man who had bribed the jailor to admit him into the cell for the purpose of making a sketch of her. She had arisen from her miserable pallet, but, unlike the wretched inmate of a dungeon, resembled a being from a brighter sphere. Her large brown eyes were of liquid softness; her forehead broad and clear; her countenance of angelic purity, mysteriously beautiful. Around her head a fold of white muslin had been carelessly wrapped, from whence in rich luxuriance fell her fair and waving hair. Profound sorrow and recent bodily anguish imparted an air of touching sensibility to her lovely features. Suddenly turning, she discovered a stranger, with pencil and paper in hand, looking ernestly at her - it was Guido Reni. She demanded to know who he was and what he did there; the frank young artist told her his name and object, when, after a moment's hesitation, beatrice replied: 'Signor Guido, your great name and my sad story may make my portrait interesting, and the picture will awaken compassion if you write on one of its angles the word innocent.' Thus was birth given to an inspired picture, which, to contemplate, is itself worth a visit to Rome; which, once seen, haunts the memory as a supernatural mystery - as the beautiful apparition of sublimated suffering." [P. 15.]
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.