Born at Florence, A.D. 1452, died A.D. 1519, aged 67. . . . DESCRIPTION. This magnificent work of art, known by the name of the "Virgin of the Rocks," is one of the three pictures of the same subject by the celebrated Lionardo; . . . In the centre of the picture is the Virgin Mary, on her left hand is the infant Saviour attended by an angel, on her right is St. John resting on one knee and with uplifted hands. . . . The scene derives a grandeur and solemnity from a sequestrated rocky situation which the artist has chosen, and which is so admirably suited. . . . In the face and figure of the Virgin there is a charm truly irresistable. . . . The figure of the infant Jesus is a truly lovely conception, uniting with the most graceful ease that intelligence, which may well be supposed, adorned the god-like child. The expression of fond adoration and humility in the St. John towards his heavenly master, is perfect; the celestial air which pervades the whole composition is judiciously and forcibly completed by the introduction of the angel. . . . It is presumed that too much cannot be said upon so magnificent a picture painted by such an illustrious artist; . . . [Pp. 5-10; excerpted from a biography of the artist and detailed description of the work, which included portions of an article from the "London Review," June 28, 1828.]
A Catalogue of Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French, and English Pictures; which have been collected in Europe and brought to this country by Mr. Richard Abraham, of New Bond Street, London, and are now exhibiting at the American Academy of Fine Arts. March, 1830. Admittance, forty cents. Children under twelve years, half price. Catalogues, twelve and a half cents. New York: Printed by R. & G.S. Wood, No. 265 Pearl Street.