A Holy Family, copied from the original by RUBENS, in the Ducal Palace at Florence. Rubens' wife was the model for the Virgin, and his children for the animated figures of the infant St. John and Christ. Rubens' excellence lay chiefly in great compositions; but this picture offers a good example of the rich, bright and powerful style of his colouring; requiring distance to soften the distinctness of the tints. SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS; born at Antwerp in 1577, and died 1640, aged 63. Educated to the law, he nevertheless directed his ambition to obtain distinction by painting in history, portrait, landscape, fruit, flowers and animals. Having studied under Otho Venius, he travelled through Italy, where he enriched himself by the great examples of colouring, to the neglect of that purity of form which might be learnt from the Greek statues. Patronised by all the princes of Europe, he executed an immense number of works, many of which are astonishing for the exuberance of his invention and the pomp and majesty of his vigorous colouring. [Pp. 6-7.]
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.