Died 1682; aged 82. This very perfect specimen of the master realizes the true character of the artist, as the philosopher of nature. He studiously observed the dewy vapours of the morning and evening, and the precise hour of the day, in the one before us. The atmosphere breathes light on every object; the sea is clear and lucid; and the charm from the truth of the aerial perspective, almost presents an illusion. His figures are generally feeble and undecided, though he laboured most studiously to remedy this deficiency. He often applied to Courtoris [sic] and Philippo Laura to paint his figures; but, though better drawn, they are never so much in harmony as when painted by his own hand. In the one before us they are evidently from his own pencil, and are in beautiful harmony with the whole, while the exquisite care and pain in them is easily perceivable. He is generally esteemed the prince of landscape painters. . . . All is nature in him; every object arrests the attention of an amateur; every thing furnishes instruction to a Professor. In a word he is truly the painter who in depicting the three regions of air, earth, and water, has embraced the whole universe. His atmosphere always bears the impress of the sky of Rome, whose horizon is from its situation rosy, dewy, and warm. [P. 12.]
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