Executed in the 17th century, this sculpture represents Saint Roch.
The Saint is standing, in a pilgrim's habit (hat, pilgrim, boots ...) leaning on his stick.
He spreads his dress with his right hand to reveal a wound on his thigh.
Saint Roch is accompanied by a dog which holds a piece of bread in its mouth.
We will notice the gentle expression of the face, the eyes half closed, in a meditative attitude
H. 62 cm x L. 25 cm x D. 17 cm
Life and Legend of Saint Roch - see: The Bible and the Saints - iconographic guide - Flammarion.
Born in Montpellier, Roch, son of a wealthy merchant, became a hermit, and spent most of his life on pilgrimages. One of these leads him to Rome, where he remains three years, from 1368 to 1371. On the way back, he is afflicted with the plague. In order not to risk spreading the contagion, he retired to the forest, where he was fed by the dog of a lord who brought him daily bread stolen from his master's table. An angel comes to heal him.
Saint Roch is invoked against the plague. He is, among other corporations, the protector of the medical professions, animals, street pavers, carders, farmers and land workers ...
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