Copied from the original, in the Ducal Palace at Florence, painted by ALLORI. This magnificent picture, combining great richness of colour with sublimity of expression, is generally selected by foreign artists to convey an idea of the excellence of Allori. It is said that the head of Holifernes, is a Portrait of the artist himself--Judith, a Florentine Girl he was in love with--and the old woman, her attendant, the likeness of her mother. At first sight the countenance of Judith may seem deficient in expression, but its violence has subsided and risen into a sublime emotion, befitting her rank and the consequences of her action--and pleases more and more the oftener it is contemplated. CHRISTOPHER ALLORI, called Bronzino; born at Florence, in 1577, and died 1622, aged 44. He studied first with his father, but derived the principles of his colouring from the fresh and glowing tints of Cigoli, likewise a Florentine. The Pictures by Allori, in the Gallery of the Louvre at Paris, are inferior specimens of this artist's style. He can only be known out of Florence by correct copies made from his best works, which are in the Ducal Palace. [Pp. 5-6.]
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.