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THE DEAD CHRIST.

The 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

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 picture was taken down, and placed in a particular room where 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 accident 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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LE CHRIST MORT.

Le corps de Jésus-Christ, descendu de la croix, est appuyé sur les genoux de la Vierge près de s'évanouir, et soutenue par saint Jean. Elle est aussi accompagnée de Marie, mère de Jacques, dont on n'aperçoit qu'une partie du corps, et de MarieMadeleine, qui est assise aux pieds du Sauveur. Dans le fond se voit le pied de la croix sur laquelle est appuyée une échelle d'où vient de descendre Joseph d'Arimathie.

Ce précieux tableau a été peint pour le couvent des bénédictins de Saint-Jean à Parme. Il a été gravé par Rosaspina de Bologne. Lorsque cet habile graveur voulut faire faire le dessin de ce tableau, par un dessinateur de Savignano nommé Joseph Turchi, des lettres de recommandation très pressantes lui ayant été données par les bénédictins, il obtint toutes les facilités possibles; et le tableau, descendu, fut placé dans une salle particulière où le dessinateur pouvait travailler sans être dérangé; mais, le tableau s'étant détaché du cadre, il tomba sur le dos d'une chaise, et la toile fut crevée à la main de la Vierge. Cet accident causa une telle douleur au malheureux dessinateur qu'il en perdit la raison, et mourut de chagrin peu de mois après sans l'avoir recouvrée.

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