This bust of a Bacchus is strikingly beautiful, and offers to the admirers of the art, a fine study of the "beau ideal," of the beauty of form divested of any of those affections of the mind which give expression to the countenance, and which, however they may increase its interest with us, tend to remove it from the acknowledged criterion of beauty. The appropriate ornament of the head is in a style peculiarly graceful and corresponds perfectly with the effeminate softness intended to be expressed. It is necessary to remark that Bacchus is here represented, not as the hero and conqueror of India, but as the voluptuary sunk in the lap of ease and enjoyment; both of which characters are ascribed to him in ancient mythology. Under the first, sculpture has represented him Bearded, muscular and active, under the last, as approaching the luxurious fullness of the female form, and without Beard. [P. 16.]
Account of Statues, Busts, &c. in the Collection of the Academy of Arts. New-York: Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle. 1803.