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Saint Sebastian and Saint Rochus
Religion and Medicine
Rochus, Saint, approximately 1350-approximately 1380
Woodcut printed by Johann Grüninger, artist unknown.
Saint Sebastian and Saint Rochus (Roch), saints of the plague.--Cf. Schramm
On the left, Saint Sebastian stands tied to a tree as an archer shoots him with arrows. On the right, Saint Rochus kneels and tends a plague victim(?)
Title supplied by cataloger.
Original image in: Brunschwig, Hieronymus, approximately 1450-approximately 1512. Pestbuch (Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 19 Aug. 1500). ZDd 15 1500 (Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
Drawing heavily on Heinrich Steinhowel’s 1473 treatise on the plague, Brunschwig’s Pestbuch describes the origin of the plague, its communication, symptoms, prophylaxis and treatment. A surgeon, Brunschwig had witnessed the plague of 1473. Many of the 23 woodcut illustrations are only loosely related to the text, consist of composites, and reappear throughout the text and in other works printed by Gruninger.
Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Grüninger, Johann, -1532?
1 print : woodcut
“Saint Sebastian and Saint Rochus,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed October 19, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/235.