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The Physician Considered as God, plate one from Allegories of the Medical Profession.

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

1587

Artist:

Unknown Artist (Dutch, active 16th century)
after Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617)

About this artwork

This anonymous engraving after Hendrick Goltzius depicts a seemingly omnipotent doctor analyzing a urine flask. The two competing paths of contemporary medicine appear in the background throughout the series. On the left, a more theoretical medical doctor attends a sickbed, while on the right, a practical surgeon tends to a man with broken limbs from a fall (the accident appears through the window). The central physician figure undergoes a transformation in plates two through four, progressing from an angel (when his patient improves slightly), to a man (when he has nearly cured his charge), and finally to a devil (when he proposes his fee).

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Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Title

The Physician Considered as God, plate one from Allegories of the Medical Profession.

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1582–1592

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

174 × 225 mm (image); 185 × 225 mm (plate/sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Ira Frank

Reference Number

1944.493

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