The Death of Saint Francis Xavier
Lodovico Mazzanti, Italian (born Orvieto, active Rome and Naples), c. 1679 - 1775
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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.