Amongst the busts which ornament the Museum, this group, with the head of Niobe ought to engage particular attention, from the acknowledged purity of style which reigns throughout the heads which compose it. The Abbe Winkleman the most classical judge of the arts has pronounced the head of Niobe to be a model of the highest style of beauty, and Guido, the painter of the graces made it his peculiar study. The age of their execution is supposed to be that of the highest glory of the arts, that is, in the time of Phidias, but it is not ascertained whether the statues which now compose this interesting group at Florence, are the originals or not. By the jealousy and hatred of Latona, the children of Niobe fell victims to the darts of Apollo and Diana, and the expression of the head of Niobe is strongly indicative of such peculiar distress. [P. 15.]
Account of Statues, Busts, &c. in the Collection of the Academy of Arts. New-York: Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle. 1803.