The Madonna della Seggiola, or Madonna of the low chair, copied from the original picture by RAPHAEL, in the Palace of the Grand Duke at Florence. This charming composition, to which the term beautiful seems peculiarly to belong, is considered the "chef d'oeuvre" of the divine Raphael. The original after 300 years is in excellent preservation, though embrowned by innumerable little cracks. . . . This Picture remained in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre, in Paris, after all others were restored to the Galleries, whence they had been taken by NapoLeon; but no consideration could induce the Grand Duke to part with this gem of his Palace. Morghen's Print has made it universally known, but a much more beautiful engraving has recently been executed by Garavaglia. The station before this Picture is so much in requisition that R.P. was three months and a half before he could obtain possession of it. RAPHAEL SANZIO; born at Urbino in 1483, died at Rome 1520, aged only 37. Having learned the rudiments of the art from his father, he became the most distinguished pupil in the school of Perrugino; but corrected his dry and formal manner as soon as he saw at Florence the works of Michael Angelo, whose sublime productions he afterwards emulated at Rome, where he was nobly patronised by Julius II and Leo X. . . . [Pp. 4-5.]
Catalogue of Peale's Italian Pictures, now exhibiting at Sully and Earle's Gallery. In Chestnut opposite the State-House. Admittance 25 cents--children half price--Season Tickets 50 cents. Philadelphia: Printed for the Publisher. 1831.