A Catalogue of the Pictures in the National Gallery. 1838

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W. Nicol, 1842 - 48 pages
 

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Page 7 - Waagen. This picture was purchased in the early part of the French Revolution, from the Colonna family, at Rome, by Sir Simon Clarke, who, not succeeding in removing it from Italy, was induced to part with it to Murat. It was bought with the picture No. 10 ("The Education of Cupid") by the Marquis of Londonderry. A copy of this picture, by Ludovico Carracci, (No. 96) hangs in the next room ; and it was admirably engraved by his cousin Agostino Carracci in 1587.
Page 3 - ... Lazarus." The composition of this grand picture was entirely the work of Buonarotti ; and the execution of the figure of Lazarus " rejects the claim of every other hand." Before this celebrated picture was sent to Narbonne, it was exhibited at Rome, in competition with the last work and the chef-d'oeuvre of Raphael, and excited universal admiration. It was placed in the Orleans' collection by the Regent of France ; and subsequently purchased from the proprietor by Mr. Angerstein. — Young's...
Page 45 - ... reduced to silence by her arguments and her eloquence, were all to a man converted, and suffered martyrdom in consequence. From this circumstance, and her great learning, she is considered in the Romish church as the patron saint of philosophy, literature, and schools. She was afterwards condemned to suffer death, and the emperor ordered her to be crushed between wheels of iron, armed with sharp blades; the wheels, however, were marvellously broken asunder, as the monks declare, and, all other...
Page 26 - Perseus having rescued Andromeda from a sea monster, claimed her for his bride, according to a promise from her father Cepheus, -who gave a magnificent feast to celebrate the nuptials. In the midst of their rejoicing Phineus, to whom Andromeda had been betrothed, broke in upon the assembly at the head of his armed friends, and a combat ensuing, and Perseus being hard pressed by the intruders, first warned his friends, and then producing the head of Medusa on his shield, the adverse warriors who confronted...
Page 45 - ... for which she was scourged and imprisoned, without sustenance, seven days. When, however, neither promises, threats, nor imprisonments prevailed, she was condemned to suffer death ; and the emperor ordered her to be crushed between wheels made of iron, to which were fastened sword blades : this measure was rendered abortive by the prayers of the sufferer ; the wheels instantly broke asunder, the blades were scattered, and in a wonderous manner wounded the by-standers.
Page 24 - ... wreaths of flowers. The standing figure near the altar represents the youngest daughter, afterwards Marchioness Townshend (second wife of George Marquess Townshend, who was viceroy of Ireland, and about fifty when he married her). The Honourable Mrs. Gardner, the mother of the late Earl of Blessington, occupies the centre of the picture. She was the eldest sister, and died before her husband became Lord Mountjoy. The kneeling figure on the left is the portrait of the second sister, Mrs. Beresford,...
Page 15 - This picture of the Woman taken in Adultery was painted by Rembrandt, in 1644, for Johan Six, Sieur de Vromade, in Holland. It ultimately came into the possession of the well-known Burgomaster Six, in whose family it was preserved with an almost religious care in a cabinet of which the owner kept the key, until the revolution, when it was bought by M. la Fontaine, a picture-dealer, who, not finding a purchaser in Paris, brought it to London, and sold it to Mr. Angerstein for 5000V.
Page 12 - ... theatrical. Some defects may be excused when we consider that Parmegiano was only fourand-twenty when he executed it : they remain defects notwithstanding. This picture was painted in 1527 for a certain Donna Maria Buffalini, as an altar-piece for the chapel of the Buffalini family at Citta di Castello. In 1790 the church was destroyed by an earthquake, and the picture was purchased from among the ruins by Mr.
Page 25 - P. 1 ft. 9 in. by 1 ft. 3^ in. NICOLO POUSSIN. 83. Phineus and his Followers turned to Stone at sight of the Gorgon's Head. Perseus having rescued Andromeda from a sea monster, claimed her for his bride, according to a promise from her father Cepheus, -who gave a magnificent feast to celebrate the nuptials. In the midst of their rejoicing Phineus, to whom Andromeda had been betrothed, broke in upon the assembly at the head of his armed friends, and a combat ensuing, and Perseus being hard pressed...
Page 9 - Engraved also by Francesco Aquila, 1691. SEBASTIAN DEL PIOMBO. 24. Portrait of Giulia Gonzaga. SHE is represented in the character of a saint holding the palm of martyrdom ; and, from the circumstance of the pair of pincers lying near, probably St. Apollonia.* Giulia Gonzaga, great-grand-daughter of Ludovico III., Marquess of Mantua, was celebrated for her beauty, her virtue, and her rare accomplishments. She was married at the age of fourteen to Vespasian Colonna, Duke of Trajetto, who was very...

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