The Angel Gabriel Warning Mary to Fly into Egypt, (painting)
Reni, Guido 1574-1642
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 50
Born at Bologna, 1574; died aged 68. The angel is in the act of waking Joseph; the Virgin bows adoration to the divine command; this figure is truly astonishing for power and force, and, with the infant Christ, appears to stand from the canvass. The head of the infant Christ, as also the angel and St. Joseph, are three fine examples of the power of foreshortening. Indeed the mastery of pencilling, colour, and astonishing power of chiaroscuro, are a striking proof of the equal powers of the master . . . . He never lost sight of that exquisite ease which so much attracts us in his works. In the correct form of beauty he, in the opinion of Mengs, surpassed all others; and according to Passeri's expression, he drew faces of Paradise. He culled the beauties of Raffaello, Correggio, Parmigiano, Paul Veronese, and combining the select beauties of the antique, wrought out a certain, simple, and grand abstract idea of beauty. This grand production completes the three different manners of Guido, and are each of his grandest and choicest specimens in the style, affording the amateur an opportunity scarcely to be figured in any gallery in Europe, of comparing and judging the different excellencies of each style. [P. 32.]
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.