Born at Bologna in 1527, died in 1600, aged 73. According to Zanotti, this eminent artist was a disciple of Bartolomeo Ramenghi, and distinguished himself as an architect as well as a painter; his principal studies at Bologna were from the works of Giorgio Vasari. In 1547 he went to Rome, where the works of Michael Angelo and Raffaelle were the particular objects of his attention. His compositions partake of the grandeur of Michael Angelo, and the sweetness and grace of Raffaelle, which will be observed in this fine specimen of the master. DESCRIPTION. This picture represents the Virgin Mary with the Infant Saviour on her knee, to whom St. John is presenting a basket of fruit. St. Joseph stands behind, looking over the right shoulder of the Virgin, with affectionate admiration towards St. John. The composition is sublime, the figures are models of correctness, and Designed in a free and masterly style, with great attention to truth and nature: the colouring is chaste and rich, and the chiar-oscuro is treated with the greatest skill. [P. 41.]
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.