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Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo  1624

by Anthony van Dyck

Van Dyck was in Palermo, Sicily, when a plague broke out and the city was quarantined. On July 15, 1624, the remains of Saint Rosalie—the city’s patroness, who died about 1160—were opportunely discovered on Mount Pellegrino, which is visible here above the harbor of Palermo. Images of Saint Rosalie were in great demand; this one was painted by Van Dyck on top of a striking...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art