The original of this sunny picture, which is in the National Gallery at Florence, is one of the rare specimens of the bright style of TITIAN; and it is worthy of remark that this countenance with her golden locks, varied by Titian in several pictures and passing under different names, appears to be borrowed from Giorgione's portrait of his wife at Venice, so much admired by Lord Byron, and alluded to in the following lines: "And when you to Manfredi's palace go,/ That picture, howsoever fine the rest,/ Is loveliest to my mind of all the show;/ . . . 'Tis but a Portrait of his son and wife/ And self; but such a woman! love in life." TIZIANO VECELLI, called Titian; born at Cador, in 1480, and died in 1576, aged 96. From Giorgione, and a Constant study of nature, TITIAN acquired unrivalled excellence in colouring, fresh and mellow, combining sweetness with force. He was the bosom friend of Emperor Charles V, and all the monarchs of Europe sought distinction from his pencil. He painted in all the capital cities of Italy, but the most splendid offers failed to induce him to abandon his native country, where he enjoyed an universal homage. [Pp. 8-9; ellipses appear in the catalogue.]
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.