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The relationship between faith and healing has engaged the minds of scholars, artists, and theologians for centuries. One physical manifestation of this area of human inquiry and concern has been the ex-voto, which is a devotional painting that gives thanks to a saint or deity for a miraculous healing or a blessing. This website was designed to accompany an exhibition at the National Library of Medicine and it contains ex-votos from the Italian tradition, the Mexican tradition, and those that can be found in early medical guides. It's a good idea to start with the "Ex-Voto Anatomy" area, as it offers a road-map to the different visual and thematic elements that are used in the creating these devotional objects. While here, visitors shouldn't miss looking at the elaborate ex-voto from 1939 in the "Mexican Tradition" section or the ex-voto of Sabastiano Gunsolo in the "Italian tradition" area.
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