Caricatural Mediaeval / Renaissance medical practitioners.
- Kuijper, Madeleine.
Selected images from this work
About this work
This illustration is inspired by works of mediaeval artists and Dutch 15th century Master-painter Jheronimus Bosch. Each of the four scenes is separated by Aesculapian snakes, referring to the staff of Aesculapius (also known as Asclepius), the God of medicine in ancient Greek mythology. The staff and snakes can also be seen in the modern day medicine symbol.
Imaging technique: inkdrawing, digitally colored. Scale: 25.9 x 22 cm (L x W) Descriptions of the images (clockwise, from top left):
1) A parody on the practise of alchemy, a masked bird-like figure holds a conical flask in his hand from which frogs jump out. In the distance a heron waits for his chance to grab one.
2) A poor man sits on a cart in a medieval town square. With his limbs out of place and holding his head in his hands, he appears to be asking a doctor if things can be repaired. On the right a doctor with a bird-mask ponders the situation. Further away some surprised town-folk and a Pinocchio-like figure with a broken leg comes hobbling closer.
3) In another operation scene, the doctor appears to be pulling a bunch of sausages out of a patient's belly, whilst a hurdle of hungry dogs surrounds them.
4) A mediaeval surgeon holding a small knife is operating in a sitting mańs opened head. In the meanwhile the patient is being attended to by a female assistant of the doctor, who is giving him some tea.
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