Madonna di Tirano
A shrine depicting the apparition of Mary in Tirano, Italy.
According to tradition, Mary appeared to a man called Mario Omodei in the early hours of the morning on 29 September 1504. She promised an end to the plague if a shrine would be built in her honour on the site of her apparition. The man made a vow to Mary to build a shrine and the plague soon ended.
Gnadenbild Maria Treu
The miraculous image of Mary venerated in the church of Maria Treu in Vienna, Austria.
It is the work of a local painter, who was struck by the plague in 1713. He and his wife vowed to travel to Rome if they would be healed. Though his wife died, the painter survived and embarked on his pilgrimage. During his stay in Rome he painted this copy of a Madonna, which he donated to the church upon his return to Vienna. It soon became an object of fervent devotion.