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 Unknown , A Medical Practitioner Diagnosing from a Woman

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Title A Medical Practitioner Diagnosing from a Woman's Urine with the Aid of a Book by Galen
Alternative Title The Alchemist
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Unknown
Previously attributed to Brakenburg, Richard (Dutch painter, 1650-1702)
Date Earliest 1650
Date Latest 1900
Description A medical practitioner is diagnosing from a woman's urine with the aid of a book by Galen, a second century AD philosopher and physician whose works were the basis for medicine in the fifteenth century and before. Galen believed that medicine is the knowledge of things healthful, unhealthful and natural. He advocated that substances should be applied that were opposite in quality to the sickness being cured. Studying urine in order to identify the ailment is the ancient art of uroscopy. This work was at one time attributed to Richard Brakenburg.
Current Accession Number 47330i
Former Accession Number P 2517/1940
Inscription front cr 'Liber Quartus/ Galeni'
Subject figure; interior; still life; everyday life
Measurements 30.8 x 24.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance Sale, Foster, London, nd (;).
Notes The number '10968' is printed on the reverse. The accession card notes only that the painting was bought at Foster, the auction house. As there are so many works of this subject in the collection, it was not possible to further match the work to the auction date.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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