During the 19th century, tuberculosis decimated young and old, rich and poor. The romantic writers of the last century give us an almost fictional image through their literature about the illness which was considered as the “illness of senior and noble parts of human existence.”
The anxiety for the salvation of a loved one, led the romantic Italian painter Rafael Ceccoli, to travel in 1849, to Poros, along with his daughter Arzia that suffered from tuberculosis.
Ceccoli sought the salvation of his beloved Arzia in the miraculous Monastery of Poros , near the southeast coast of Kalavria.
Despite the great faith of her father, Arzia did not survive. She died in the summer of 1849 and she was buried in the churchyard.
Ceccoli, with deep pain in his heart, painted the image of the Virgin Mary, bearing in mind the sweet form of his daughter. Today we can still see the marble slab of the tomb, which is written the following words:
«AD ARZIA CECCOLI ANGELO IN FORME UMANE VISSUTA MENO DI XX ANNI CHE VIOLENTA TISI RAPIVA CLI XI LUGLIOU MDCCCXIIX(1849) IL MONASTERO DI CALAYRIA I GENITORI INCONSOLABILI QUESTA DOLENTE MEMORIA ROSERO»