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ITALIAN SCHOOL -000ceco CORREGIO. corococ. CHURCH OF PARMA.

THE DEAD CHRIST.

he body of Jesus-Christ, lowered from the cross, is supported on the Virgin's knees, who is near fainting, and sustained by saint John. She is also accompanied by Mary, mother of James, only part of whose body is seen, and by Mary-Magdalen , who is seated at the Saviour's feet. In the back-ground appears the foot of the cross, against which leans a ladder from whence Joseph of Arithmea has just descended.

This valuable picture was painted for the benedictine convent of Saint-John at Parma; and engraved by Rosaspina of Bologna. When that able engraver wished to have a sketch of it done it by a designer of Savignano named Joseph Turchi, urgent letters of recommendation having been given him by the benedictines, he obtained every possible facility; the plcture was taken down, and placed in a particular room wbere the draftsman could work at his ease; the picture, however, becoming detached from the frame, fell out on the back of a chair, and the canvass was torn at the Virgin's hand. This acci. dent so affected the unfortunate draftsman that he lost his senses, and died of grief in that state a few months after.

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