Sketch for "The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan", (painting)
Tojetti, Vergilio b. 1849
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 110 (Sale info: $150.00).
"b. Rome, Italy, 1849. Studied first with his father (a well- known artist, now living in San Francisco, Cal.), and later with J. Leon Gerome and W.A. Bouguereau, in Paris. First exhibited in the Salon, Paris, in 1879, and in the National Academy, New York, two years later, when his Richelieu and Julie was shown. Mr. Tojetti has recently completed two ceiling-paintings, for the Hoffman house, New York, that are among the finest works of the kind to be seen in the country. He has also produced some of the finest decorations in the Vanderbilt homes in New York. " Sketch for 'The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.' (illustra- tion, page IV.) This painting illustrates a scene from Lalla Rookh, where the veiled prophet of Khorassan surprises Azim and Zelica. " Azim has endeavored to persuade Zelica to fly with him. She refuses, however to join her blighted life with his; where- upon he assures her that she is still pure to him, and that by prayer she may be purified in the sight of heaven. Then Zelica: 'and thou wilt pray for me - . . ./ and plead for me with heaven, till i can dare/ to fix my own weak, sinful glances there;/ till the good angels, when they see me cling/ forever near thee, pale and sorrowing,/ shall for thy sake pronounce my soul forgiven,/ and bid thee take thy weeping slave to heaven./ oh yes, i'll fly with thee.' -/ scarce had she said/ those breathless words, when a voice deep and dread/ as that of monker waking up the dead/ from their first sleep - so startling 'twas to both -/ rung through the casement near: 'thy oath. Thy oath.'" " The illustration given on page IV was made from the finished picture, for which the picture here was the preliminary sketch. There are some differences which will be noticed. The pose of Zelica is almost entirely changed. However, there are enough points of similarity in the picture and illustration to make the latter come in place in this book." [P. 24-25; under illustration appears the note: "from National Academy Notes, 1883."]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.