The vivisector asked to choose between head and heart. Photogravure, 1886, after an etching by M.J. Holzapfl after a painting by Gabriel von Max, 1883.
- Max, Gabriel Cornelius von, 1840-1915
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Entitled "The vivisector", the print shows on the left a physiologist sitting at a table (left) equipped with steel bars and ropes for restraining animals used for experiment. He turns round to look at a woman who holds a puppy in her right arm. In her left hand she holds a balance containing, in one pan, a brain bedecked with a wreath, which is outweighed by the other pan containing a heart smouldering with the fire of love. The painter suggests that our emotional sympathy for the puppy should outweigh the cerebral knowledge that we may have that the sufferings of the animal used in animal experiments can bring benefits
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