The original of this charming figure is of parian marble; the correctness of its form, and delicacy of its drapery, entitle it to be called a model of taste. It is clad in a tunic, over which is thrown a mantle, or "peplum:" both are finished in so masterly a manner, that through the mantle are perceived the knots of the cord which ties the tunic round her waist. The artist who repaired this statue, having placed in its hand some ears of wheat, the name of Ceres has probably from that circumstance been given to it; otherwise, the virginal character of the head, and simplicity of its head-dress, would induce a belief that the Muse Clio was intended by it; and that a book should have been placed in the hand instead of the ears of wheat. It was taken from the museum of the Vatican, having been placed there by Clement XIV. It previously ornamented the Villa Mattei on Mount Esquilin. [P. 13.]
Account of Statues, Busts, &c. in the Collection of the Academy of Arts. New-York: Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle. 1803.