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I now come to the pictures in this room, but do not imagine that I have mentioned a third part of the curiosities to be found here; it is not possible I thould, my time will not admit of the
attempt. Pixtures. Here is a Mosaic in different gems, which surMosaic in gems.
"passes a picture; it represents a variety of birds : the excellence of the workmanship renders this piece more valuable than the precious materials of
which it is composed. Wander- A picture by Wanderwerf; the subject the werf.
Adoration of the Shepherds: it is well executed, the design uncommonly correct for this master, but it is minutęly finished, as are all his pictures,
to a fault. Gherar- A Gherar-dow; a candle-light piece of admidow. rable touch and expression; the light rather too.
red. Another. Another of the same master, representing an
old woman with other figures; this is an exquisite
performance. Holbeins. Two portraits by Holbeins ; one of Luther ;
the drawing is correct but hard, and the colouring
dry; the whole is flat and void of relief. Rubens. : The three Graces in Grisaille, by Rubens; they
are indeed all grace and elegance. Tiziano. A large Virgin with the Infant Jesus; finely
coloured, by Tiziano. Mieris. • A picture by Mieris, representing a mounte
bank exhibiting to a crowded audience; finely done.
A small picture by Rubens; the subject a Sile. Rubens. nus drunk: nor greatly finished, but there is an ease in the drawing, and a glow in the colours, for which this master is often commended.
A fmall picture of the Nativity, by Rembrandt. RemThe representation in a most ignoble style; St. brandt, Joseph is a common carpenter at work, behind him the Virgin nearly in the character of a parish girl, and St. Anne not unlike the mistress of a work-house; yet this is a very good picture. A portrait of Andrea del Sarto, by him- Andrea
del Sarto, self.
A head, by Giorgione; in a very good Giorgistyle.
one. A small picture, but excellent, of the Virgin, Annibal by Annibal Carracci.
Carracci. · A Crucifixion, with a St. John and a Mary Magdalen; the figures are about a foot high; by Michael Angelo. It is in high preservation, and Michael
Angelo. of a correct design and execution.
An excellent portrait, by Carracci, of his con- Carracci. fessor. .
A small picture, by Mieris, a candle light Mieris. piece; the effect is striking, and the colouring ingenious.
A portrait of Raffaello, by Leonardo da Vinci; Leonardo delicately designed, and of a fine natural Aleth- da Vinci. colour. · A fine picture representing a Madona admiring the Infant Jesus, who is lying upon a cushion.
Corregio. This painting is by Corregio; it is highly finished,
and in surprising preservation; the Virgin's head is extremely graceful. Cochin thinks it too large for her body; he admires the right-hand, and criticises the left; he also thinks the child small out of proportion. In all his assertions with regard to this picture I am perfectly of his opinion; ne. vertheless, the drapery is easy and graceful, and it is a picture so deservedly admired by all connoisseurs, as to have been frequently engraved
from. Tiziano. An admirable portrait of a cardinal, by Ti
ziano. Paul Ve. An old man's head, by Paul Veronese; a fine ronese.
• glow and freshness in the colouring. Anniba! A most striking picture in the grand style, by
Annibal Carracci; the personages composing the group are larger than life, but are only halflengths; the fubject a Satyr offering a basket of flowers and fruits to a nymph, whose back is turned to the spectators. There is a verity in the drawing, in the anatomy, and in the colouring, worthy of the greatest admiration. The muscles of the nymph's back are rendered with a delicacy never to be seen but in the most beautiful nature; her head is graceful, the hair is fantastically dressed, yet the invention has an elegant effect; her hand is fine, and very expressive. The character of the satyr rises to the most frenetic poet's idea; and one of the Cupids in particular is finely done. In this picture the tone of colouring, or prevailing tint, is a kind of tanned yermillion.
Three pictures by Raffaello, in his first, second, Raffaello. and third inanner; the two first reprelent a Virgin, the Infant Jesus, and a little St. John; there is great delicacy and grace in the heads, but the manner is rather dry and clear: the third appears to be exactly parallel with that famous St. John that graces the collection of the Duke of Orleans in the Palais Royal, and that I well remember you so much admired. There exist three of these du. plicates (if I may be allowed the expression) one I already mentioned to you at Bologna, and it is impossible to say which is the best, without seeing them all together; yet if I might venture to decide from my memory, (and M is of the fame opinion) I should give the preference to that at Bologna in the Palazzo Publico. A beautiful Virgin by Tiziano.
Tiziano. Another by Andrea del Sarto; great softness, Andrea yet, as in all the pictures I have ever seen by this
del Sarto. painter, the eyes seem as if the pencil he had used to them had been dipped in pounded charcoal, and in tinting his flesh there is too much of a tan- : colour or light bay.
A picture in a circular form, by Michael An- M. Angelo; St. Joseph is placing the Infant Jesus on the gelo. Virgin's shoulder; in the back ground are several figures. This picture is one of those that are never shewn unless particularly asked for. The
drapery is fine; if there is any fault, it is in the manner, which is rather dry: the drawing is fuf
ficiently correct. Guido. A Virgin by Guido, in his last manner; beau.
tifully graceful, designed with great delicacy, of a clear colour, the shades tenderly given, which are
in general of a grey tint. Same.
A Cleopatra by the same; the shadows black,
the drapery correct. Tintoret. A monkey combing a child, by Tintoret.
This picture is by the Italians said to be in his terrible manner. It is painted with that boldness and freedom of touch common to all the works of this master.
A picture by Jacopo Bassano, representing himself and family performing a concert; he holds a music-book, one of the daughters plays upon an instrument something like an harpsichord (I suppose it is an old-fashioned instrument called virginals); the rest of the personages are also melodiously occupied: the colouring is strong and mellow, but there is a great want of grace, which may be accounted for from its being a fa
mily-piece, Pietro di A picture by Pietro di Cortona; the subject is Cortona.
taken from the Book of Genesis: Hagar received again into Abraham's family; his character is that of a venerable old gentleman. The draping is good; he has an hospitable countenance. Hagar seems delighted with the event; the angel has grace and dignity; the colours are finely melio