Born at Luini, A.D. 1480, died 1550, aged 70. This eminent artist was a disciple of Lionardo da Vinci, of whose style he was the most celebrated imitator. It is impossible for one artist to approach nearer to the style of another than Luini does to that of Da Vinci; the same taste in his compositions and Design, the same peculiarity and beauty of color and extraordinary relief; . . . DESCRIPTION. This splendid little picture represents the mystical marriage of St. Catherine. . . . To [painters] it afforded materials for an agreeable combination of the graces; while [patrons] not unfrequently encouraged the legendary tale, as tending to excite in the unpractised bosom of a daughter, where the family were numerous, a deSire to embrace the seclusion of a cloister. . . . The most perfect grace and beauty is expressed in the face of St. Catherine, while with virtuous softness she gazes on the infant bridegroom, who is about placing the ring on her finger; the virgin mother, who supports the Saviour and completes the group, possesses all the unobtrusive dignity which characterized her life. . . . The whole possesses a harmony and sweetness which cannot fail to attract the admirers of sacred history. (From the Collection of the Late Richard J.D. Ashworth, Esq. of England.) [Pp. 13-14.]
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.