This is my third and final story I made during my final exam at the art academy. It is the only one I have completely finished. Originally I wanted to complete all three, but it was a enormous task, just because the research took so long. But it was worth it nonetheless. The illustrations I made for this story will follow in a next post.
The story I illustrated talks about a time when the black plague ravaged through the streets of Den Bosch, during the 17th century. My mentors and I decided this had to be the story I had to complete for my exam. I really enjoyed working on all of the stories, but this one really was exciting to work on. I had to do a lot of research, which I love to do. The story is actually called ‘de Pestepidemie in Kruisbroedersstraatje’, because the plaque was ravaging in a specific area of the city. The plague doctors and the city council had a long discussion and decided is was best to just place a wall between the infected area and the rest of the city, and just wait until the disease would die out. Along with its inhabitants. And so they did. The plague doctors were at first welcomed as heroes, when the disease appeared to have vanished. They had a parade through the formerly infected streets, and later walked towards the St. Jan cathedral. When arriving there, a black dog jumped out of the crowd and bit them. No sooner had he done that, and the beast vanished again. The plague doctors started to change, turning into hideous demons, and finally turning into stone. Eventually they where placed on top of the cathedral, to remind everyone about the dreadful fate of the people of ‘de Kruisbroedersstraatje’ and the plague doctors. Supposedly they are still visible on top of the roof of the cathedral.