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A physician at the bedside of a young woman. Oil painting by Matthijs Naiveu.

Naiveu, Matthijs, 1647-1721.
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On the left a pale young woman lies in bed. Centre, a physician in formal black costume takes the pulse of her left wrist with his right hand, and with his left hand holds up a flask of her urine for examination. On the right stand the patient's agitated parents. The room is richly furnished. On the left is a table covered with a Persian carpet; on it stands a wicker basket for the urine flask. Right background, floor-to-ceiling tapestries showing sylvan scenes. Top, a painted ceiling in which Cupid is depicted, with his arrow pointing down to the patient, perhaps representing love-sickness, sexual frustration or pregnancy



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1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 63 x 53 cm


Wellcome Library no. 44752i

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