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the picture suffers by it; and would have PETER AND JOHN.
suffered if Raphael himself had done it.Acts of the Apostles, Chap. 3, Verses 1, 2, 3, 4,
It is for the sake of this contrast, which
is of great consequence in Historical Paint“Now Peter and John went up together into the
ing, that Raphael, in this Cartoon, has Temple at he hour of prayer.
placed his figures at one end of the Tem“ And a certain man, lame from his mother's
ple near the corner, where we could not uomb, was carried, whom they dai!! laid at the suppose the Beautiful Gate to be-But gate of the Temple, which is ca'led Berruti ful, to this varies the sides of the Picture, and at ask alms of them who entered into the Temple. the same time gives him an opportunity to
“ Who seeing Peter and John about to go into enlarge his buildings with a fine Portico, the Temple, asked an alms.
and to form altogether one of the noblest “ And Peter fastening his eyes upon him, with pieces of architecture that can be conJohn, said, Look on us.
ceived. “ And he gave heed unto them, expecting to Teceire something of them. “ Then Peter said, Silver and gold hare 1 none;
No. V. but such as I have I give thee-In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
ELYMAS, THE SORCERER.
Acts of the Apostles, Chap. 13, Verses 6, 7, 8, The above scriptural account which is
9, 10, 11, 12 given of the miracle wiought by Peter and And when they had gone through the isle unto John in the Temple, has been followed in
Paphos, they found a certain Sorcerer, a false proall its leading circunstances by Raphael :: phet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: this Cartoon.
“ Which was with the deputy of the country, The moment of time is that in which
Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for
Bamabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of Peter takes the cripple by the right hand, and lifts him up. - Never has the pencil ex.
“But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by pressed a more just or divine feeling than
interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn that which at this moment is painted in
away the deputy from the faith. the countenance of the criple; the miser- “ Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled able impotence and wretchedness of his with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, situation are finely rendered in his figure; “ And said, O. full of all subtilty, and all misbut, as if conscious of the power of chi-f, thou child of the deril, thou enemy of all Peter to heal bina in the name of Jesus,
righteousness ! wilt thou not cease to pervert the his countenance is suddenly animated with
right ways of the Lord! hope, and he seems preparing to leap for- “ And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon ward in his native streigih, and to praise
thee, and thou shalt be blind, not sceing the sun for the wonderful act of God- The calm secu.
And immediately there fell on him a
mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking rity and divine confidence with which the Apostles work this miracle are no less ad.
some to lead him by the hand.
“ Then the deputy, when he saw what was dore, mirably displayed.
beliered, being astonished at the doctrine of the The naked boys in this scene are a fur
Lord." ther proof of Raphael's great judgment in composition. One of il em is in such an attitude as finely varies the tuins of the The great object of admiration in the other figures; and there is, moreover, present Cartoon is the figure of the Sor another kind of contrast which is produced i cerer, Elymas. It is the figure of a man by their being naked.--'This has been ob- struck by the immediate vengeance of jected to Raphael by those who pursue Heaven tlırough the means of Paul, with an reason and propriety too far in some re- ; instantaneous and incurable blindness ; spects, but not far enough in others.--Not- and in the study and representation of withstanding its apparent singularity, the this character, Raphael has had recourse effect produced is marvellous---Clothe thiem to that deep knowledge of the principles in imagination; dress them as you will, and passions of human nature, which furms