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HEALING THE SICK.
This picture, remarkable for its composition and the expression, was painted by Le Sueur for his reception in the Academy of St. Luke. It gives a high notion of its author's talent; but, it must acknowledged that the subject is ideal, no circumstance being known in the life of St. Paul which brought him in presence of the Emperor : how then could the Apostle have invoked before him the Spirit of God to obtain the cure of the sick that were brought to him? This defect certainly in no manner diminishes the merit of the picture : its composition is sublime, and the expressions are as faithful as they are varied. The attitude of St. Paul is one of the noblest he stretches forth his hands with dignity, his calm countenance displays the conviction and certitude of the miracle that he is on the point of operating in the name of God.
This picture forms part of Lucien Bonaparte's collection. In Italy, it has been engraved by Bauzo; and in Paris, by Massard Sen'.
Height, 6 feet 4 inches; width, 4 feet 9 inches.