Born at Xatavia, in Valencia, A.D. 1589, died 1656, aged 67. This eminent painter was placed as a student with Francisco Ribalta under whom he remained for a few years, but before he was sixteen years of age he visited Italy. . . . DESCRIPTION. This extraordinary fine picture represents St. John in the island of Patmos, where he wrote his book of Revelations. The subject is taken from the 1st chapter of the Revelations of St. John. "I, John, was in the Isle of Patmos for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day and heard a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying I am Alpha and Omego [sic], the first and the last; and what thou seest, write in a book, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia. And I turned to see the voice that spake unto me." The forcible and sublime expression exhibited in the countenance of St. John, who is represented as turning towards the skies from whence the voice proceeds is indescribable; which, added to the correct anatomy, the skilful management of the chiar-oscuuro, and the powerful, yet chaste colouring, must impress every one who views the picture. . . . [which] is lent from the collection of D.W. Coit Esq, and was purchased during his residence at Lima in Peru. [Pp. 24-25.]
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.