Born at Florence, 1616; died 1686, aged 70. This artist, from devoting himself to scriptural subjects alone, has succeeded to pourtray a purity of intention and virtuous feeling, which, to contemplate aright, would reform the mind and improve the heart. All the superior powers of the soul are visible; penitence is joined to true devotion; the forehead and eyes express the burning pain of sorrow: and the mouth is fully expressive of holy obedience, while the hand is placed on the heart, in a seal of resolution. The cross is introduced to signify her hope in the atonement to which she is directed from the prophecy of the book before her, while the alabaster box informs us that this was the woman who anointed the feet of our Lord with ointment, and wiped with them the hair of her head. The finish and beauty of the picture is exquisite beyond idea. [Pp. 8-9; see entry 04300010 for companion piece.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Paintings, by the Ancient Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, by the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools, open at the American Academy, Barclay Street. Admittance (catalogues included) $.50. Season Tickets $1.00. Family Ticket for the season, admitting four, $5.00. New-York: Printed by W. Mitchell, 265 Bowery. 1832.