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Title A Fat Man Pointing to a Woman with her Hands Clasped
Alternative Title The Dentist
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to studio of Huys, Pieter (early Netherlandish painter, printmaker, ca.1519-1584)
Date Earliest possibly about 1565
Date Latest possibly 1650
Description A fat man is pointing to a woman with her hands clasped. In his hand is a surgical instrument which may have been added at a later date. The painting is attributed as being by an associate of of Pieter Huys, an early Netherlandish painter and print maker, who was part of a circle of painters who imitated the 'fantastic' images created by the artist Hieronymus Bosch.
Current Accession Number 47454i
Subject figure; interior
Measurements 21.9 x 33.7 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Principal Exhibitions XVIIth International Congress of Medicine, Wigmore St, London, 1913.
Publications XVIIth International Congress of Medicine: Handbook of the Historical Medical Museum Organized by Henry S. Wellcome (the Museum of the Section of the History of Medicine), London, 1913, cat. no. ;.
Notes Lot 162/1;' is inscribed on the reverse. Lorne Campbell, National Gallery, London, suggests Quintin Jan Massys as the possible artist. Witt mounts show that Huys did paint a number of groups and single figures with their mouths shown open as in this example. The handling of the drapery is not identical but would be in line with a studio work. David Jaffe of the National Gallery, London preferred the artist Adriaen Brouwer but the characterisation of the faces is very different.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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