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Rome, circa 1676/1685
The death of St. Francis Xavier
Ivory plaque carved in bas-relief and half-boss
H. 12.4 cm - W. 18.1 cm D. 1.9 cm AL-EJ
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Related literature :
- Christian Theuerkauff, Studien zu Elfenbeinplastik des Barock, Freiburg, 1964, p. 238, n. 91;
- Christian Theuerkauff, 'Zu Francis van Bossuit (1635-1692), "beeldsnyder in yvoor"', in Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch, 1975, pp. 119-182;
- Sigfried Asche, Balthasar Permoser: Leben und Werk, Berlin, 1978, pp. 20, 36-7, 148. pl. 56;
- Malcolm Baker, "The Ivory Multiplied: Small-Scale Sculpture and its Reproductions in the
Eighteenth Century', in Sculpture and its Reproductions, Erich (Eds.), London, 1997, pp. 61-78;
Jeremy Warren, 'Bathsheba and Susanna. Two ivory reliefs by Francis van Bossuit', in Barocke Kunststückh. Festschrift für Christian Theuerkauff, München 2012, pp. 66-72;
- Claudia Conforti, 'Il Castrum Doloris (1689-1698) per san Francesco Saverio al Bom Jesus di Goa di Giovanbattista Foggini ; Dono di Cosimo III de' Medici, granduca di Toscana', in Architecture as object, Section 20, ed. A. Payne, G.Satzinger;
- Eike D. Schmidt, Das Elfenbein der Medici, Hirmer, München, 2012, pp.203-209 and pp.211-217;
Jean-Louis Veillard-Baron, "Le statut de l'image dans l'iconographie chrétienne après le concile de Trente", in Nouvelle Revue d'esthétique, 2014/1, n°13, pp.121-131 ;
- Marjorie Trusted, "The same but Different -Baroque ivories and reproduction", in Multiples in Pre-Modern Art, Zurich-Berlin, ed. Walter Cupperi, 2014;
Maurizio Nobile Bologna-Paris, Giovanni Foggini (1652-1725), First Sculptor at the Court of Cosimo III de' Medici. An unpublished collection of drawings, 2016, pp.54-55;

Related works:
- Giovanni Battista Gaulli, known as "Il Baciccio" (1639 - 1709) Visione di S. Francesco Saverio, ca 1675, oil on canvas, 64.5 x 46 cm, Rome, Musei Vaticani, Inv. 41489 ;
- Giovanni Battista Gaulli, known as "Il Baciccio" (1639 - 1709), The Death of St. Francis Xavier, 1676, Rome, Church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale;
Francis van Bossuit, The Ecstasy of Mary Magdalene, ca. 1680, ivory, dim. 26 x 12.5 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, no. 2003.1.1;
- Francis van Bossuit, The Entombment of Christ, ca. 1680, ivory, Canada, The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, no. AGOID.29181;
Balthasar Permoser, The Entombment, ivory, ca.1677-90, ivory, size 24.2 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, no. A.30-1949;
- Francis van Bossuit, Apollo flaying Marsyas, ivory, ca. 1670-1675, Dim. 22.9 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm, Canada, The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, No. AGOID.29173;
Balthasar Permoser, Apollo flaying Marsyas, ivory, ca. 1675-1680, size 17.5 x 10.5 cm, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig
- Giovanni Battista Foggini, Apollo flaying Marsyas, 1700-1715, bronze group, H. 79.7 cm, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, no. A.2-1967;
Giovanni Battista Foggini, The Death of St. Francis Xavier, 1689-1695, bronze relief, Goa, Church of the Good Jesus;
Massimiliano Soldani Benzi (1656-1740) The Death of St. Francis Xavier, 1697, bronze relief, 48 x 32 cm, Florence, Bargello Museum.

This work, remarkably carved in the thickness of a rectangular ivory plate, represents the scene of the death of Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552).
A pioneering missionary in Asia, this co-founder of the Jesuit Order with St. Ignatius of Loyola set out to evangelize the Far East in his final years. He disembarked in Goa in 1541 and travelled to Japan, but fell ill and died in 1552 on the island of Sancian off the coast of China. His relics were stolen by the Jesuits in 1554, then exhibited in the chapel of Bom Jesù in their church built in Goa between 1594 and 1606.
As the spearhead of the Jesuit Order, which promoted, in the post-Tridentine context, the educational role of images for the faithful and the dissemination of the lives of contemporary saints, Francis Xavier became a subject of inspiration for many painters from the time of his canonization in 1622 (cf. Poussin, Saint Francis Xavier Recalling to Life the Daughter of an Inhabitant of Kagoshima in Japan, 1641 - Oil on canvas, H.4.44 m.; W. 2.34 m., Paris, Musée du Louvre, n°inv. INV. The artists were inspired by the event narrated by Daniello Bartolo in the Istoria della Campagnia di Gesu.

Our work derives directly from a painting by the artist Giovan Battista Gaulli, known as "il Baciccio" (1639 - 1709) for the church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale in Rome, a major architectural work by Bernini built between 1658 and 1678. Oratory of the Jesuit novitiate, the church includes six side chapels, one of which is dedicated to Francis Xavier (1506-1552). Its decoration is made by Gaulli and the sc
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