By GUIDO RENI. This inimitable composition is in Guido's best manner it has been pronounced by many artists and individuals of taste, "a school of painting in itself." Guido at an early period was eminent as an artist, but was very undetermined what style to adopt until after his visit to Rome, where he examined every thing worthy his attention, and particularly the works of Raphael, with which he seemed enraptured. He was also struck with the surprising effects of the paintings of Carravaggio, and for some time adopted that manner; he afterwards fixed on a style peculiar to himself, which was easy, graceful, great and elegant, which secured to him the universal applause of the whole world, and the admiration of posterity; so that he is ranked among the first and best artists of any age since the revival of the art. [P. 15.]
Exhibition of Oil Paintings by the Old Masters. Printed by A.E. Miller, No. 4. Broad-street. Charleston, S.C.