Nicolás Correa, Procession of St. Rosalia of Palermo

1708
Oil on canvas
Collection of Diego Monroy Ponce

In 1625 the people of Palermo carried St. Rosalia's relics through the streets in a procession, seeking her intercession against a plague that had broken out. The relics had been discovered just the year before, in a mountain cave above the city.1

The scroll carried by the putti in the sky is inscribed B. ROSALIA ORA PRO NOBIS, "Blessed Rosalia, Pray for us."

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Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.











































1 Catholic Encyclopedia, s.v. "St. Rosalia" for the discovery of the relics. For the procession, label provided for an exhibition of the painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.