Vision of St Francis Xavier
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Vision of St Francis Xavier

Giovanni Battista Gaulli, called
(Genoa 1639 - Rome 1709)
Vision of St Francis Xavier, circa1675
oil on canvas
cm.64,5 x 46
cat. 41489

The small painting shows St Francis Xavier in the foreground with a crucifix held close to his breast, surrounded by angels and cherubs who witness his agony. It is a study for the altarpiece dedicated to the Saint in the church of St Andrea al Quirinale. The study, dating to about 1675, is done with a rapid technique, the figures are only sketched without any definition of particulars and completed with swift strokes of warm colour. It shows some variations with respect to the final composition.