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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38 Table of Contents     

The physician


Date of Web Publication18-Jun-2010

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Rachel Hajar

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How to cite this article:
Hajar R. The physician. Heart Views 2005;6:38

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Hajar R. The physician. Heart Views [serial online] 2005 [cited 2023 Dec 6];6:38. Available from: https://www.heartviews.org/text.asp?2005/6/1/38/64005

[Additional file 1]The physician as healer and scientist is a recurring theme in art and medicine. The painting highlights the artist's great skill. The textures of the doctor's garments, the rich colors and design of the carpet thrown over his table, the burnished surfaces of the bronze dish for bloodletting, and the oriental jar are all painted with great finesse. Light is shown falling through the window, from the front, creating strong dark and light contrasts and gives volume to the figures and depth to the interior of the room.

Gerrit Dou was a Dutch Renaissance painter and was Rembrandt's first pupil. He was a prominent member of a group of Leiden artists known as "fine painters", whose work was characterized by a finely detailed and precisely painted treatment. It is said that Dou, after arriving in his studio, would sit for 20 minutes or longer on his painting stool to wait for every last speck of dust to settle in the studio before beginning painting.


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