Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : The Death of Saint Francis Xavier

The Death of Saint Francis Xavier

Lodovico Mazzanti, Italian (born Orvieto, active Rome and Naples), c. 1679 - 1775

Date:
c. 1740-1745

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
17 7/16 x 14 inches (44.3 x 35.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1883-89

Credit Line:
The Bloomfield Moore Collection, 1883

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Label:
An important Jesuit missionary, Francis Xavier became ill on a desolate island in the Bay of Canton, China, and died there on December 3, 1552. Here he is accompanied by his Christian Chinese servant, Antonio, in a scene that combines death with a moment of visionary ecstasy.