Saint Roch Distributing Alms

Carracci, Annibale (1560-1609) | Painter


This painting is a milestone in the history of art: it is considered to be the first large multi-figure history painting of the Baroque period. It was created for the Confraternity of St Roch in Reggio Emilia. At top right, the saint is seen distributing his inheritance. A throng of needy people crowd around him, including children, a blind violinist and a sick man. The group at bottom left shows happy recipients of alms. The realism and the vitality expressed in the gestures and facial expressions of the figures are typical of the new era.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1594/95
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 305