Tiepolo was one of the most renowned artists in eighteenth-century Venice. In this small canvas, made for private devotion, he depicts Saint Roch, the medieval French nobleman who, according to hagiographic accounts, miraculously healed plague victims while a mendicant pilgrim in Italy. He is joined by a dog, which would later heal his sores by licking them. Saint Roch was popular in Venice because its residents often fell victim to plague and other diseases.
During the Renaissance, his body was purportedly transferred to the city, where a church and hospital were dedicated to him. A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings of G.
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Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. Gallery Text Tiepolo was one of the most renowned artists in eighteenth-century Venice.
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