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GONZALEZ SILVA, Oliva  y  AMEZCUA, Manuel. Art and society in the face of an apocalyptic catastrophe: the painting of the plague of 1649 in Seville. Temperamentvm [online]. 2020, vol.16, e13207.  Epub 06-Jun-2022. ISSN 1699-6011.


to analyze social behavior in the face of the bubonic plague epidemic in Seville in the 17th century through the study of an anonymous painting of the time.


Iconographic and iconological analysis under the inspiration of Panofsky, in combination with narrative sources of the time.


The painting shows a thematic progression in blocks of scenes that represent from the everyday to the disturbing to end in the tragic. With two symbolic planes: a hospital as a witness and a square as a center of representation of the daily life of the epidemic.


the work is conceived with a clear evangelizing intention, showing an apocalyptic environment so that the faithful become aware of their vulnerability and the danger of a life apart from Christian values.

Palabras clave : Plague; Baroque art; Popular religiosity; Social history; History of mentalities; Iconography.

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