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The Madonna della Salute has an origin of mourning and suffering, and still remains a devotional feast for Venetians today.

At the beginning of the 1600s Italy was going through a turbulent period, both because of the constant reshuffling in the succession of the various governments, and because of the presence of foreign troops such as the French, Spanish and Germans who were swarming there to conquer new territories or defend some convenient Italian allies. In October 1629, German armed bands had descended on Lombardy, and cases of plague had been reported near Lecco, spreading

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