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St. Roch Praying to the Virgin for an End to the Plague

Jacques-Louis David

St. Roch Praying to the Virgin for an End to the Plague

Jacques-Louis David
  • Date: 1780
  • Style: Neoclassicism
  • Genre: religious painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: Christianity, saints-and-apostles, Virgin-and-Child, St.-Roch
  • Dimensions: 260 x 195 cm
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Saint Roch Interceding with the Virgin for the Plague-Stricken is an early religious painting by the French artist Jacques-Louis David. He painted it in 1780 during his stay at the Villa Medici in Rome after winning first prize for painting in the Prix de Rome (before his Portrait of count Stanislas Potocki) and exhibited it at the 1781 Paris Salon on his return to France. Its influences include Caravaggio, Poussin, Guercino and Lebrun. It shows Saint Roch interceding to the Virgin Mary and Christ Child for the plague sufferers shown around him.

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