A man suffering from mental illness or epilepsy is held up in front of an altar on which is a reliquary with the face of Christ, several lame men are also at the altar in the hope of a miracle cure. Watercolour.

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Two black flying creature (bats?) fly away from the man suffering perhaps from mental illness or epilepsy; presumably they represent the devils which had possessed him

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1 drawing : gouache with blue and black wash ; image 29 x 18.5 cm


The picture is possibly a sketch for an Italian, late 17th century altar-piece


Wellcome Collection 18581i

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