"Cristofano Allori. (Bronzino, 1577-1621.) Florence. St. Julian's hospItality. 46 x 60. Original (no. 41.] in the Pitti Palace Gallery, Florence. This is the finest canvas of a painter whose works, owing to his love of pleasure, are extremely rare. Copies of such paintings as he left are, however, to be found all through Italy, the work of his scholars Certosini, Bruno, Tanteri and others. The legend which forms the basis of this superb composition in that Julian, the scion of a noble house, while hunting a deer one day, was addressed by the animal and told that he would cause the death of his father and mother. He fled from his country, and married abroad. In their search to find their son, his parents happened upon the very house in which he was living, and, in his absence, were received by his wife. On his return, entering their sleeping apartment which was but dimly lighted, he supposed himself dishonored by his wife, and killed both his father and mother. Discovering the horrible truth, to expiate his crime he built a hospital beside a mountain ferry, and himself tended wayfarers. He one day, according to the legend, received an angel, under the guise of a leprous youth, who announced his coming death. Shortly after both he and his wife died."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.