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The Plague In Florence – Summer 1348

by Kristina Gehrmann

"The Black Death was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. It is widely thought to have been an outbreak of bubonic plague caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, although this view has been challenged by a number of scholars. Usually thought to have started in Central Asia, it had reached the Crimea by 1346. From there, probably carried by fleas residing on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships, it spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. <br><br> The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% to 70% of Europe&#39;s population, reducing the world&#39;s population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400. This has been seen as creating a series of religious, social and economic upheavals which had profound effects on the course of European history. It took 150 years for Europe&#39;s population to recover. The plague returned at various times, resulting in a larger number of deaths, until it left Europe in the 19th century." (quoted from Wikipedia) <br><br> The church door here is a photo (my own); everything else is 100% hand-painted with love by yours truly. For the house in the background I used a reference image of Florentine houses (Did they already have green shutters in the 14th century? Probably not...) <br> Photoshop and Wacom tablet, around 20 hours. <br> <br> <a href="">My website</a> <br><br> <a href="">Follow me on Facebook =)</a> <br><br> <a href="">My sketchbook on</a><br><br>
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  • 19/09 2011

    Alan Tye

    Awesome image Kristina!!! Terrific job. The lighting and mood are superb. A sad time. 5*