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Saint Roch
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Saint Roch

Circa 1730-35

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

Oil on canvas

Width: 40.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 6.2 cm ( frame ); Height: 51.7 cm ( frame ); Width: 32.7 cm ( canvas ); Height: 44.6 cm ( canvas );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
Saint Roch (or Rocco) was venerated in Venice, Tiepolo’s native city, as a protector against the plague. He wears a pilgrim’s shell on his chest and has a plague sore on his thigh. Beside him is the dog that helped him recover by licking his wound.

This painting was probably made for a member of the Scuola di San Rocco, a Venetian confraternity dedicated to the saint. Despite its small scale, the painting’s high finish indicates that it is not an oil sketch but a completed work, unlike the other works by Tiepolo nearby. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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