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rated, but the painting upon the whole has too
A Notte di Natale ; the clair obscur finely contrafted; the finishing admirable. This picture, whether considered all together or in detail, is equally pleasing. The Virgin's hat, which lies on the ground, is so well done, and the brightness of the straw (of which it is made) joined to the weaving it together, is so correctly imitated, that it is almost a deception. Need I say that this exquisitely finished picture is by Wanderwerf, Wanderthat prince of Flemish painters, unless this dig. werf. nity may be disputed by Gherar-Dow, his rival, Gherarwho has exerted himself in the representation of an Dow. Old Woman, of whom a girl is purchasing fruit : the avaricious caution of the old woman, who doubts the goodness of the money, is incomparably well expressed: the girl's character is as natural and as well done. This picture is highly finished.-I now come to two most fanious and most remarkable pictures, and which are the last I shall mention of those that adorn the Tribune. The Wife of Titian, by himself, large as the life. Titian. This woman appears very handsome; and one cannot avoid observing on her beauty and the glowing warmth of the colours, when, lo! a curtain rises and discovers another beauty, placed below the first, who is in truth transcendently handsome. All mankind feel with silent admiration the beauty of this lady, called Titian's Miftress, but is more probably the portrait of a mil
tress of one of the Medici family. She is reclined upon a sofa, supported by pillows, covered with white linen: in one hand she grasps a mat of flowers, and has no other ornament than a ring on her fourth finger and a bracelet on her arm. She is in that style of beauty the French call a claire brun, and appears languid, as if exhausted by the heat of the weather : the colouring is as near that of the most beautiful nature as can be imagined. The declinations of the shading, the passing from the shadows to the demi-tints, which are united in a manner imperceptible with the chiaro, can never be sufficiently admired. A little dog sleeps at her feet; and in the back-ground are two figures who appear to be waiting-women; one is on her knees, searching for something in a large coffre; the other appears to be indefatigable in the purfuit of a flea on her own arm. These figures are too small in proportion to their distance from the fore-ground; and, upon a strict scrutiny, it must appear that Titian has neglected the rules of per
spective in the back-ground of this picture. Wander- I forgot to mention a very fine picture of werf.
Wanderwerf; the subject, the Adoration of the
• 1 now take leave of the Tribune, and come to Gabinet- the Gabinetto of Antiques. Finding that I cannot, to of An- without perplexing you and myself, conform pretiques.
cisely to the method I had intended to have observed, left it should occasion confusion if I take notice of some of the antique gems, bustos, &c. in the remaining apartments, and return back again to those rooms to mention the pictures, I shall particularize them now as they happen to occur in their different positions. ·
Amongst the antiques with which this gabinetto abounds, those that appear to us the most valuable and curious are as follows:
A goddess Cibylle, in bronze; the attitude, Antiques. drapery, and expression admirable.
Cibylle. A Juno Sospita, very antique and curious. A Juno Roman Eagle in bronze, large as a sparrow-Sopita.
WA Roman hawk, appears evidently to have been used as a Eagle. military standard; it is numbered, XXIIIIO, which figures must have alluded to the legion or division it belonged to. An open hand; another Roman standard, called manipulus, being the ensign of a company, as M- informs me.
Several Etruscan implements of sacrifice, used Etruscaa. for the pouring out of libations, with figures and characters engraved upon them.
A Mural Crown in bronze, so small that it Mural would scarcely fit upon my head.
Crown. The Emperor Tiberius, large as life, of bronze, Tiberias and much esteemed.
Emp. Tickets of bronze, with inscriptions and num- Tickets. bers, for the most part not legible, but supposed to have been for the admission of spectators into thetheatres and other public amusements.
A Collar to wear about the neck, probably as a mark of ignominy, or disgrace for foldiers, &c.; the inscription is very legible, and runs thus : .
Minervinusa fuga Mila Tesa Coki XII Urba. Weights. A great variety of antique weights, represent
ing busts of warriors, with crested helmets, which have perforations in them to hook them upon steelyards.
A Sybil in bronze, with a most magical face;
she is only half-length, but is a fine antique. Casque. A Votive Casque, as green and smooth as the
darkest green jasper. This kind of varnish can be acquired by no other means than that of remaining very long in the ground. The Abbé asserted that no chemical preparation can produce this effect; nor is it by any means universal amongst the antique bronzes, depending as he supposes entirely upon a quality peculiar to the kind of earth with which they have been covered; the bronze must be of the very best and hardest kind
to gain this appearance. Antoni. Two striking heads of Antoninus. heads of.
A beautiful twisted Column of oriental alabaf. Column. ter; it is considerably above seven feet high, and
one entire piece, the base and capital of African Four an- marble. Four antique bustos, representing Tibuftos,
berius, Antinous, Faustina, and Homer: they Tiberius, are of bronze of Greek sculpture, and were found Antinoüs, Fauftina,' in the sea near Leghorn by some failors; endeaHomer. vouring to recover certain bales of goods, part of
the lading of a loop wrecked upon that coast. Velta. Vefta, a fine antique. Two Mi. Two Minervas: Minerva Salutare and Minerva pervas. Ergane, with their insignia.
. A Vestai
A Vestal bearing the vase acerra, which con- A Veltal,
&c. tained the incense for sacrifice.
Several Household Divinities. A great variety House-. of Jupiters and Venuses, amongst which, one who vinities.
hold Di. is adorning herself with her cestus, is worthy the attention of the curious visitor. A beautiful head Head of
Juno, of Juno. A small head of Vespasian.
of VespaA Tiberius, his Wife and Daughter; both taberius cameos, large and fine.
and his An Etruscan athlecic figure with horns on his Daughter,
Wife and head. A figure of a woman, supposed to be an cameos. Amazon; she is wounded under the left breast, figure.
1 Etruscan extends her right arm towards heaven, and seems Amazon. to suffer great agony of mind and body from her defeat and from her wound..
Two figures representing · Victory and Reputa- Vi&ory. tion, the first draped, the last naked...
A litele Skeleton in bronze : as there is no Skeleton, doubt of its originality, it is highly esteemed, bronze. " being an evident demonstration of the knowledge of the ancients in anatomy. A very rare and curious figure, conjectured by some to represent one of the Lamias of Africa; her hair is dishevel- Lamia. led, her body naked to the waste; the whole of her aspect breathes ferocity, though her features are soft; the left arm wanting. Here are a pro. digious number of Egyptian Divinities in bronze, Fgyptian Serapis, Isis, Osiris, Anubis, Caropus, &c. and Idols. many of Greece and Rome, also talismans, lamps, Grecian
and tripods, several pateras, on one of which is en- R graved the Rape of Proserpine, instruments of VOL. I. Dd