The Death of Saint Francis Xavier

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

c. 1740-1745

Oil on canvas

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 283, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Credit Line:
The Bloomfield Moore Collection, 1883

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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.

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