Per Grazia Ricevuta
In Largo Preneste you’ll find this wall covered with plaques all exclaiming “per grazia ricevuta, which I believe translates loosely into “by god’s grace.” There is an altar to the Virgin Mary as well, like the ones I’ve written about before, so I suppose in this case, thanks is being given to the Virgin Mary. Also shortened at PGR, there is a tradition to place silver or gold offerings, or plaques such as these, to give thanks for a miraculous happening. When I first started looking at the wall I thought they were memorials for people’s deaths, but now I think they are actually giving thanks for the birth’s of children. Anyone know? If you look closely at this photo, you may find a plaque that does not belong….it’s actually a very subtle piece of street art by Rub.
Update: Thanks to Francesco and Aimee from Hobo Art Club for letting me know that the thanks aren’t for births, but simply for any miracle and the names on the plaques are the names whom the miracle touched.