Descriptive Catalogue of "Old Masters," Collected by James J. Jarves; To Illustrate the History of Painting from A.D. 1200 to the Best Periods of Italian Art Deposited in the Institute of Fine Arts, 625, Broadway, New York
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ... The mother has a face of great refinement, with sweet, delicate mouth and fine eyes. She sits holding the lovely child gracefully in her lap, looking down upon it with an expression of the most exquisite tenderness; forming, altogether, one of the most charming pictures that I have ever seen. This collection is regarded, even by the Italians, as one of the finest in private hands. And if one considers the wide range of art which it covers, and the great interest of the period; the number, the variety, and the excellence of the works comprised in it; and the opportunity it so easily affords for studying the special merit and relative progress of so many great painters, --I can hardly be charged with speaking too strongly, when I say that it is only second in interest here to the three great collections in the Uffizi, the Pitti, and the Academia di Belle Arti. Its value, simply as a representative gallery, can scarcely be too highly estimated. The collection has excited a great degree of enthusiasm among lovers of art in Florence, and seems likely to acquire very soon a European reputation. Rio, the erudite author of "The Poetry of Christian Art," Mrs. Jameson, and Sir Charles Eastlake, are among the number of connoisseurs from abroad who have seen the collection, and manifested much interest in it. And the venerable and learned Cavaliere Migliarini, of the Uffizi Gallery, who is esteemed as the best-informed and most discriminating judge of art in Florence, has lately written a letter to Mr. Jarves, in which he expresses, in unqualified language, his admiration of the collection, and his confidence in the authenticity of the pictures. He considers that an extraordinary degree of good fortune has attended the efforts of Mr. Jarves; for, ...
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