unknown Marchigian artist
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This poorly preserved painted wood statue depicts St. Roche, shown here in pilgrim's clothes, which he lifts to show the plague sore on his leg. Roche was known for having cured people of the plague (and been cured himself) and thus was a particularly popular saint in this period (c. 1450-1500). This sculpture was likely carried in procession, in an attempt to ward off the plague. The work is currently housed in the Casa Museo Rodolfo Siviero in Florence. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.