From the Cleopatra, painted by GUIDO. The original, which is in the Ducal Palace at Florence, is of greater extent, introducing the hands and more of the figure, which remain unfinished. Guido has repeated the same head as a Lucretia, and as a Magdalen. Guido's early works are dark--this is in his best style, and possesses an exquisite tenderness of expression and refined emotion, together with a delicacy of colouring which is universally admired, but can be fully appreciated only by an attempt to copy it. GUIDO RENI; born at Bologna in 1574, and died 1643, aged 68. At first a pupil of Calvert, a Fleming of great reputation, he afterwards studied the grandeur and grace of Ludovico Carracci, and finally established himself in a style of peculiar tenderness and delicacy which was well adapted to subjects of devout or pathetic expression. At one period he painted too much in the dark style of Caravaggio--at another his pictures became cold and affected; but his best works are unrivalled for their sweetness and beauty. [Pp. 7-8.]
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.