Familiar with ex-voto paintings? The ex-voto painting is a Catholic folk art tradition depicting individual misfortunes that were mollified by divine intervention.  The artworks cover everything from quotidian accidents, like a flower pot tumbling onto a well-dressed man’s head in 1890 Rome, to more shocking tragedies, such as a woman stabbed in her bed in 1934 Guadalajara, Mexico, and were commissioned as a sign of religious thanks. 
Ex-voto oil painting for a man who was hit on the head by a falling flower pot in Rome (1890) (via Wellcome Images/Wikimedia)
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