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Saint Valentine blessing an epileptic. Coloured etching.

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Saint Valentine was bishop of Terni in the third century. The man "falling" at the saint's feet is an epileptic: epilepsy has been known as the "falling sickness", "fallende Sucht", "Fallsucht" etc. Saint Valentine's patronage of epileptics is probably due to the assonance between his name and the Germanic word "fall"

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour and black ink ; platemark 20.2 x 16.2 cm

Lettering

S: Walenti patron od chorobi ciezki.

References note

W. Schupbach, The Iconographic Collections of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London 1989, p. 35

Lettering note

Translation of the lettering: Saint Valentine, patron of serious disease

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 18488i

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  • Polish


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