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Physicians disputing while the patient suffers. Oil painting after (?) Johann Geyer.

Geyer, Johann, 1807-1875.

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Also known as

Concilium medicum

Description

Six physicians are seated around a table in the house of a patient and are in agitated disputation. The central physician is holding a medicine bottle. Two other pairs of physicians are disputing in the background. In the far background, left, a patient is lying in bed in desperation. The subject is a satire on 17th- and 18th-century medicine, inspired by Molière: the physicians are more concerned with their own professional and academic status than with providing succour to the patient

Physical description

1 painting : oil on metal ; metal 43.3 x 52.5 cm

Publications note

Herbert W. Rott, Ludwig I. und die Neue Pinakothek, München-Köln 2003, p. 183 (the painting on canvas)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 44730i

Creator/production credits

Presumed to be a cabinet reduction of a larger painting by Johann Geyer, on canvas 111 x 124 cm., called Concilium medicum, which was formerly in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich on deposit from the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds. It belonged to the collection of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. According to information from Dr. Herbert W. Rott, curator at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich, the original painting by Johann Geyer is no longer with them. It was handed over in 1925 to the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds which sold the painting a few years later. Its present whereabouts is unknown. The composition is identical to the Wellcome painting



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