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The Doctor’s Visit – Elisabeth Geertruida Wassenbergh 1760

Posted by on September 14, 2012

Elisabeth Geertruida Wassenbergh  ( 1729  -1781 )

Detail: doctor, medicine, chair, table, brazier, foot warmer, cat,  spoon, medicine bottle, paintings, boy, bow, arrow, tricorn hat, maid, door, tea set

4 Responses to The Doctor’s Visit – Elisabeth Geertruida Wassenbergh 1760

  1. Laura Myers

    I adore the young lad shooting arrows into the doctor’s cocked hat 😉

  2. Andrew Shelden

    Just wondering aloud, but could it be that the wee lad may’ve shot at the matron’s cat, and sent her into fits… which is why the good doctor was summoned? 🙂

  3. Fort Bumper

    No, that young one is going for the hat, he must know the doctor is a crook! just like nowadays!

  4. Kent Stiles

    For the painting’s origins, see Jan Steen’s “Doctor’s “Visit” of 1658-62. The painting’s subject was a popular genre scene in the mid-17th C.: the inabilities of vaunted doctors to diagnose the love-sickness or pregnancies of young women. Thus the boy with arrows is note a cat-torturing truant, but a symbol for Cupid. Steen’s work is a delightful mess of symbolic depictions of Dutch “common wisdom” sayings. Look into Dutch emblem books to see how images and sayings were combined with poems that would further explain the wisdom-sayings

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