(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)
St Roch in Prison Visited by an Angel (detail)1567
Oil on canvas
San Rocco, Venice
This painting is an unsentimental representation of the horrors of incarceration. The consoling angel stretches a hand out to the exhausted St Roch as his light of grace appears to redeem some, at least, of the prisoners from the darkness of their profound degradation.