Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 228 (Sale info: For Sale).
This beautiful modern painting represents a tragical scene, which is very popular at Florence. Ginevra degli Alimieri was obliged, by the tyrannic power of her father, . . . To comply with the wish of her parents, and to sacrifice the sweetest sentiments of her heart in esPousing a man, whom she could not love. The plague ravaged Florence. Ginevra was a victim to it, and in a paroxysm of her disease, being thought dead, she was immediately thrown with other corpses into the vault of a church, where it was the custom to deposit them. In the night, her paroxysm having ceased, she awoke from her lethargy and returned into the world. . . . Taking courage, she came out of the cave, and having regained the street, presented herself at the door of her husband; but she was unfeelingly repulsed by the attendants of the house, who believed her to be a spectre, or an infernal spirit. Without hope, alone in the middle of the night, in the streets of Florence, . . . it occurred to her to seek the house of her former lover. In the general terror she was notwithstanding remembered; she is affectionately received; . . . They were married shortly after, and the tribunals of Florence . . . declared the marriage legal, notwithstanding the severe restrictions of the Roman church, which does not recognise any divorce on any account. [Pp. 14-15.]
Synopsis of Mr. Sanguinetti's Collection of Ancient Italian Paintings, Engravings, and other Valuable Articles of Fine Arts, now exhibiting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Barclay Street. New-York: E.B. Clayton, Printer and Stationer, No. 6 Tontine Buildings, Wall-Street. M DCCC XXXVIII. Admittance 25 cents.
Artist professional affiliation: Florentine Academy.