Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 97 (Sale info: TO BE AUCTIONED).
"This admired artist was a native of Bologna and the son of a Professor of Music, to which science he devoted himself for a time in early life. He became the most distinguished disciple of the Caracci, with perhaps the exception of Domeni- chino. Grace and beauty were said by the Italians to dwell upon his pencil to animate his figures. An exquisite touch, a singular facility of execution, great suavity of color, a general accord, the sweetest harmony, are the distinguished characteristics of his style. His madonnas and magdalens are distinguished by a noble simplicity peculiar to him; and, when the heads are represented looking upwards, they are especially impressive. He appears to have taken this fine expression from the niobe of the antique. " This and the following picture are from the private gallery of Pope Gregory XVI." [P. 17; See serial 03050098 for other relevant commentary. Illustration depicts female in flowing cloak with left breast exposed, gazing upwards and pointing a knife to her breast.]
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.