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Doctors in paintings

Doctors in paintings

Doctors in paintings. Portrait of Battista Fiera by Lorenzo Costa

Doctors in paintings
Portrait of Battista Fiera by Lorenzo Costa, about 1507-8, The National Gallery, London. Medicine has much in common with art. Fascination with anatomy, human body and a clinical obsession with detail, it’s no accident that artists have a long association with the medical profession. The portrait of Battista Fiera was a gift from court painter Lorenzo Costa to the doctor for his syphilis treatment. Artists and doctors were of similar social standing: both were respected professions during the Renaissance, consulted by the highest ranks, but neither were nobles. Maybe this is the birth of middle-class art.

Doctors in paintings

The image of Doctor Girolamo Fracastoro

The image of Doctor Girolamo Fracastoro, newly attributed to Titian, it was found in the bowels of the National Gallery, Fiera looks a fiercely intelligent figure. And in recognition of his scientific sobriety, he’s also been painted warts-and-all.

Lorenzo Lotto

Lorenzo Lotto

Lorenzo Lotto. Many doctors were painted with that same realism and empiricism in Renaissance Italy – as if a portrait of a doctor should be clinically exact. Lorenzo Lotto‘s image of a physician from Bergamo has a moving, lifelike immediacy: Giovanni Agostino della Torre poses with medical books, a man of learning and authority. Later, the artist added the doctor’s son Niccolo, who peers over his father’s shoulder comically.

Lorenzo Lotto

Lorenzo Lotto

Doctors in paintings

Giovanni di Antonio Chellini da San Miniato

In 1456, the Florentine sculptor Antonio Rossellino carved a powerful bust of a renowned doctor called Giovanni di Antonio Chellini da San Miniato. Was Chellini good at his job? Apparently he was terrific, because Donatello, the greatest artist of the age, carved him a beautiful little Madonna in return for treating him.

Doctors in paintings

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp

The Gross Clinic

The Gross Clinic

Rembrandt’s gory painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp shows a leading medical authority in 17th-century Amsterdam teaching his students over a dissected corpse: in the 19th century, the American artist Thomas Eakins returned to this eerie theme in his extraordinary work The Gross Clinic.

Berlin throat specialist

Berlin throat specialist

In the 20th century, medical knowledge advanced in previously unimaginable ways, and health was revolutionized – but doctors became less heroic figures in the eyes of artists. In 1926, Otto Dix painted a silly, disrespectful portrait of a Berlin throat specialist. Reason was losing its rule in Weimar Germany and the professions would soon betray their supposed ideals as doctors, among others, collaborated with the Nazi regime. Dix’s doctor is no savior, and has no insight. (On the article of guardian.co.uk about Jonathan Jones)

The portrait of doctor Myagkova M.A.

The portrait of doctor Myagkova M.A.

Some more paintings of doctors, medicine by Russian artists. In the above picture “The portrait of doctor Myagkova M.A.”, painted by Boris Gogin, Yaroslavl, Russia

Doctors in paintings

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