In 1630, during the plague and famine in Venice, the doge gave orders to create a sumptuous church, the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, or better known as the basilica of health, in which a sumptuous altar would be placed inside.
It would have been marble.
And under government orders, a large piece of very fine marble was sought, and the most precious one, Carrara marble, was chosen.
The work that was created by the “Bernini Adriatico” Giusto Le Court, was erected on site in 1679.