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A surgeon in his workroom extracting stones from a patients head; symbolising the expulsion of 'folly' (insanity). Photogravure after J. Steen.

  • Steen, Jan, 1626-1679.
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The images of a surgeon (often itinerant) making an incision in a patient's head in order to extract 'stones' (implying madness in the individual) do not represent an actual operation, but are allegorical scenes refering to the subduction of 'folly' (madness) from the body. See further: W. Schupbach, A new look at The cure of folly, Medical history, 1978, vol. 22, pp. 267-281

Physical description

1 print : photogravure ; image 13.5 x 11.2 cm

Lettering

De chirurgijn. ... Jan Havickz. Steen. ...

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "Alweer een Jan Steen, en al weer iets bijzonders. Hoe sprekend is de tegenstelling tusschen de rutisge, elegante houding van den chirurgijn en hevige reactie van den patient!"
The lettering is repeated in english
The original is in the : Hageraats collection in the Hague

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 21106i

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  • Dutch
  • English


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