These three figures are an allegory, in which many persons think that Paul Veronese is himself represented. However that may be, the subject is by no means doubtful. One sees a woman with the hands of a harpy, holding a pack of cards, and inclining towards a man who flies from her, and throws himself into the arms of Virtue, who comes forward and receives him. Vice is seated, and beneath her drapery is seen a sphyne and a dagger. In the background, there is a fragment of a monument, on the cornice of which, one finds the subject explained by the latin [sic] words, "Honor et Virtus post mortem florent," implying, that those who observe the laws of honor and virtue, establish a name which will be imperishable. This picture is executed in a broad, free, and effective manner, highly characteristic of this celebrated Venetian master, and it is moreover, in excellont [sic] preservation. It was formerly in the Gallery of the Duke of Orleans, and was subsequently purchased in Rome, and brought to this country more than 20 years since by Vanderlyn. [P. 9.]
Albany Gallery of Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalogue of the First Exhibition. 1846. Albany: Printed at the Office of the Evening Atlas. 1846.