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Death of Saint Francis Xavier, holding a crucifix and looking at the sky; angels and cupids emerging from the clouds. Etching by the Comte de Caylus and woodcut by N. Le Sueur after L. Gimignani.

Gimignani, Ludovico, 1643-1697.
Date
1720-1760

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Description

"The iconography of the saint's death on Sancian Island goes back to the Portuguese painter André Rainoso's cycle at São Roque in Lisbon (1619) and was standardised in Rome in the 1670s by Pietro da Cortona, Ciro Ferri, Baciccio and Carlo Maratti into a scene of the recumbent saint on a mat of reeds with his hands crossed --usually over a crucifix as originally was the case with the Santiago version--and his eyes closed in death or raised heavenwards in ecstasy"--Baily and Guzman, loc. cit.

Publication/Creation

1720-1760

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 55.5 x 31.3 cm

Lettering

St. François Xavier mourant. D'après le dessin de Louis Giminani qui est dans le cabinet de Mr. Crozat; gravé à l'eau forte par Mr. Le C... de C... et en bois sous sa conduite par Nicolas le Sueur; 128

Publications note

Gauvin Alexander Bailey and Fernando Guzmán, 'Two German sculptors who transformed the arts of colonial Chile: Johannes Bitterich and Jacob Kelner', The Burlington magazine, 2014, CLVI: 741-745, p. 744 (iconography of the death of Saint Francis Xavier)
Marcel Roux, Inventaire du fonds français, graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, Bibliothèque nationale, Département des estampes, Paris 1940, tome IV, p. 102, no. 282

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 563373i

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  • French



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