19th Century French Patinated Terracotta Sculpture of Saint Roch with Savior Dog
This fine terracotta sculpture was crafted in France, circa 1870. The tall statue depicts Saint Roch or Rocco, a Catholic man who was saved by a dog after he contracted the Plague. The sculpture is in very good condition with exquisite details and a rich patinated finish. It is a beautiful example of sculptural realism. Saint Roch or Rocco was born of French nobility in 1285 with a natural affinity for the poor and for the sick. He was a Catholic saint, and while on a pilgrimage, Saint Roch stopped to minister to victims of “The Plague.” While he cured many, he eventually contracted the disease himself. He went into the forest to die, but was instead cared for by a dog who licked his wounds and brought him food; he then recovered. Upon returning home, Saint Roch was charged with spying and died in prison in 1327. He is a patron saint of dogs, falsely accused people, bachelors, and several other things. Measures: 37.5″ H x 9.5″ D x 15″ W.
|Dimensions||37.5" W x 9.5" D x 15" H|
Late 19th Century