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

Image number: 10284934

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

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

Image number:
10284934
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 15:45
Image rights:
Science Museum