Lege Artis Medicinae

[Relief of the plague epidemic]

HÁMORI Katalin

MARCH 30, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(03)

[The horrors of the plague in Vienna in 1679 are captured in the terracotta relief on the cover A. The small sculptural sketch in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts was created by one of the most important Austrian architects and sculptors, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (1656 Graz - 1723 Vienna) around 1688 for the Holy Trinity Column on the Vienna Graben, but his bozzetto is also used on the Pesti column in Prechtoldsdorf (Lower Austria).]

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