The word Folly is here used in its Scriptural sense--the want of Heavenly wisdom as in Eccles. ch. 7. "It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools." . . . "I applied my heart to know and to search, and to seek out wisdom and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of Folly, even of foolishness and madness; and I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands; whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her." Piety is modestly dressed--her attitude and face are intended to express reverence for the teaching of the old recluse, a heart weaned from this world and earnestly in love with divine truth. Folly's careless smile, ruddy color, rich dress and variety of ornaments, sufficiently characterise her. Unhappily for the moral of the picture, she is the favorite of the two. The bronze bas relief in the background is from a design by Overbeck, and represents the Saviour disputing with the Doctors, with Joseph and Mary entering. [P. 10; ellipses appear in the catalogue.]
Albany Art Exhibition of Paintings and Marbles at Ransom's Iron Store, 463 Broadway. The paintings and statuary are from the collections of our citizens and artists, kindly loaned for the benefit of the poor. Albany: Van Benthuysen, Printer. 1858.