Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo

Anthony van Dyck Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 621

Van Dyck was in Palermo, Sicily, when a plague broke out and the city was quarantined. In their despair, residents prayed to the city’s twelfth-century patroness, Saint Rosalie, whose long-lost remains were rediscovered in the midst of the epidemic. Images of Saint Rosalie were in great demand; this one was painted by Van Dyck on top of a self-portrait that he had sketched on the canvas. Acquired in 1871, this was one of the first European paintings to enter The Met collection.

Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo, Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London), Oil on canvas

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