"Maistre Robert", a blind healer healing by laying-on of hands. Oil painting.

Credit: Wellcome Collection

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The painting shows a blind man with a shell on his hat indicating (or purporting to indicate) that he is a pilgrim to the shrine of Saint James of Compostella. He is holding the left wrist of a young woman, to heal by touch. A woman in the centre is holding a glass bottle which is probably a urine flask. An inscription in French on the painting says that the healer's name is 'Master Robert', that he is a seventh son, and that he therefore has a natural gift of healing various illnesses by laying on of hands

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1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 77.2 x 62.9 cm

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Maistre Robert R. docteur en la medecine ceremoneale. ...


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"Maistre Robert", a blind healer healing by laying-on of hands. Oil painting..{' '} Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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