Bernardo Cavallino, Born in Naples, according to the Biographie Universelle, in 1612, according to Lanzi, in 1622, died 1656. He was a pupil of Massimo Stanzioni, but lived unknown, and died poor, and did not obtain his just reputation till after his death. . . . Calabrese called him the Neapolitan Poussin; but in Poussin's pictures, the lights are broad and free, whereas Cavallino contracted, and contrasted them with dark shadows. There is another, and a still more important difference. Cavallino painted on a dark ground, the colours of which, in process of time, absorbed the lighter colours laid upon them. His pictures are little known out of Naples and Spain, where they are prized for the remarkable grace and expression of his figures. 41. The Three Angels Appearing to Abraham. "And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground."--Genesis, Chapter XVIII. 2. (On canvass--length 3 feet 2 inches, breadth 2 feet 4 inches.) [P. 25; exhibited under heading: "Neapolitan School."] [P. 25.]
Catalogue of the Pictures which formed the collection of Joseph Capece Latro, ancient Archbishop of Taranto, &c. in the Kingdom of Naples now exhibited in the City Dispensary, in White Street, for the benefit of that Charitable Institution. New York, October, 1835.