Born in 1452, at the castle of Vinci, in the vale of Arno; died in the arms of Francis the First, 1519; aged 67. This great luminary of the Florentine school was endowed by nature with a genius uncommonly elevated and penetrating, eager after discovery, and diligent in the pursuit. . . . The picture before us is a rare specimen and in wonderful preservation. It is extraordinary in finish: every hair of the Beard and eyebrows distinctly Marked, and almost the pores, of the skin. This may prove to us the truth of his spending four years in the painting of the portrait of Giaconda. The saint, with a skull at his feet, and the cardinals cap, the insignia of pomp, laid aside, is reflecting on the vanity and nothingness of human nature; the left hand is raised in acknowldgment, while the right placed on the breast alludes to a vItal principle which shall live beyond the wreck of mortality. The Bible open indicates the necessity of cultivating this principle, while the character of the beautiful varied landscape and ruins conveys much for reflection to the mind of the Spectator. He was more solicitous to improve the art than multiply his pictures. . . . [Pp. 16-18.]
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.