Patron Saint Retablo Plaque - St Roch | Patron of Dogs

Patron Saint Retablo Plaque - St Roch

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About the 'St Roch' Retablo Plaque

Long a popular folk art form in colonial Spanish and Mexican culture, retablos are devotional paintings depicting divine icons and symbols, particularly Catholic patron saints. Chosen as representations and guardians of particular occupations and life situations, patron saints are often turned to in times of need or to express gratitude for a blessing. Displayed in homes to honor the saint or given as gifts of fortune and inspiration, retablos reflect a beloved historical tradition and cultural artistry.

Made by hand in New Mexico, this retablo plaque honors St Roch. An original design by the artist, her art print is decoupaged upon handcarved pine wood in traditional form. The reverse side includes a hole for hanging on the wall and a story of the saint's life.

Saint Roch was born in 1348 to a wealthy French family. At age 20, upon the death of his parents, he renounced his wealth and set out on a pilgrimage to Rome. At the time, a plaque was afflicting Northern Italy and Roch stayed to nurse the victims. Upon also contracting the plaque, Roch went to the forest to prevent infecting others. He was befriended by a dog, bringing him bread and licking Roch's wounds until healed. He returned home after being made well, but was so physically changed by the illness that he was not recognized. Thought to be a spy, Roch was imprisoned and died. After his death, he was finally recognized because of a heart-shaped birthmark on his chest and soon canonized. St Roch is recognized as the patron saint of dogs and those affected by contagious diseases.

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~ Made in the USA ~

Plaque size :        3.25" wide x 6.5" tall x 0.75" thick  
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