On averting the plague

Plague columns were erected throughout the country, visible symbols of thanksgiving for a catastrophe overcome and sacrifices to appease God’s wrath during times of plague epidemics. Infection rules had already been issued in the 16th century. Travellers from areas at risk and households with sick people had to undergo quarantine for 40 days. Their front doors were marked with a white cross. Those who could afford to do so fled the towns and cities.


Plague Column in Linz (Upper Austria)

Clemens Kohl (1754–1807) and Johann Schütz (1755–1813)

Unlike Styria or Vienna, Linz, the state capital of Upper Austria, was not severely affected by the great plague epidemic of the late 17th century, attacks by the Ottoman Empire or by the War of the Spanish Succession.


Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815), Saint Sebastian

Two Devotional Images

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

Devotional images solely intended for private prayer. They could be found in prayer and hymn books, but also on walls or on the insides of cabinet doors and inside book covers.


Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815), Trinity Column in Petersgasse in Graz

Trinity Column in Petersgasse in Graz

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

This print of the Holy Trinity Column shows an ensemble of sculptures which is now located in Petersgasse, close to the entrance of St. Peter’s Cemetery in Graz.


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