Terracotta statue of St Antonio, Spanish or Italian, early 16th century.

 
Terracotta statue of St Antonio, Spanish or Italian, early 16th century.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Description

The Catholic Church dominated medieval Europe, and Christian teaching often implied that illnes was the result of sin. Prayer therefore became an important part of healing. St Antonio of Florence was often invoked against fevers.

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