Bronze plaque, Italy, 1655-1667
This plaque was commissioned by Pope Alexander VII (1599-1655) to celebrate the disappearance of plague from Rome. Cast in bronze, the inscription is written in Latin.
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An acute contagious fever with high levels of mortality. Both the 'Black Death' that swept Europe in the 1340s and the Great Plague of London in 1665 are believed to have been bubonic plague.
An ornamental tablet of metal, porcelain etc that depicts a person, scene or inscription. Often fixed to a building in commemoration of a person or notable historical occurence.