No. 19. The Conversion of St. Hubert. Jean Wildens. Born 1584. Died 1644. The story of St. Hubert combines in a peculiar manner the two leading features of the middle ages; the romantic roving life of the feudal baron, and the ascetic fervor of a hermit or cloistered monk. He was a nobleman of Aquitaine who carried every species of folly to its utmost limit, and was especially a votary of the chase. One day in Passion Week, as he was hunting in the forest of Ardennes, he was suddenly arrested by the apparition of a stag standing before him, bearing a crucifix between its horns. Struck by the singularity of this event he knelt before the silent messenger and renounced the world. He sought a hermitage in that forest, which has since furnished the scenery of so many romantic legends, and was then the haunt of wild beasts and robbers. We may be allowed to doubt certain portions of this story, but St. Hubert was probably one of those monks--himself converted from the world--who devoted his life to the instruction and civilization of the inhabitants of the forest. Jean Wildens was a German landscape painter, of the city of Antwerp . . . He was a pupil of Rubens, and was often employed by that artist to make landscapes for his figures. . . . [Pp. 24-25; entry includes a discussion of the artist's training.]
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of John C. Henderson, Linden Lawn, Staten Island. New-York: W.C. Bryant & Co., Printers, 41 Nassau Street, corner Liberty. 1860.