A surgeon extracting the stone of folly. Oil painting by Pieter Huys, ca. 1561.
- Huys, Pieter, 1519-1581.
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Pictures of a surgeon making an incision in a patient's head in order to extract a stone were first collected by Henry Meige, who called the subject "pierre de tête". The pictures do not record an actual operation, but are allegorical scenes referring to the subduction of 'folly' (madness) from the body as if it were something that could be cured by surgery
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