A surgeon applying the method of cupping to a man's back: they are surrounded by anxious family and friends. Etching by A. Fantuzzi, ca. 1542, after G. Romano.

  • Romano, Giulio, 1499-1546.
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On the left, a physician making a diagnosis from a urine flask turns away from the patient, and turns his right palm upwards as if to say "all is lost". A young man, a young woman and a woman with a bucket express agitation. Right, a surgeon with two assistants applies cupping glasses to the patient's back, while a third assistant comforts the patient. Right foreground, a seated woman bent over in despair


[Fontainebleau?] : [publisher not identified], [1542?]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; sheet 26 x 41.5 cm

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Nieuwkoop 1982, vol. 16, p. ???
Henri Zerner, École de Fontainebleau, gravures, Paris 1969, no. AF 10 ("Les ventouses", by A. Fantuzzi, possibly 1542)
Suzanne Boorsch, The engravings of Giorgio Ghisi, New York 1985, p. 36, fig. 21 (as by Fantuzzi)
Stefania Massari, Giulio Romano pinxit et delineavit, Roma: Palombi, 1993, p. 168 (as by Fantuzzi)


Wellcome Collection 23028i

Creator/production credits

Attributed to Antonio Fantuzzi after a design by Giulio Pippi, called Giulio Romano. Giulio's design was painted by Agostino Mozzanega as a fresco in the Palazzo del Te, Mantua (Boorsch, loc. cit.), but it is likely that Fantuzzi worked from a drawing. Part of the same composition was also engraved by G. Ghisi (Bartsch, op. cit., vol. XV, p. 230 no. 63)


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