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The Surgeon, or The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
Oil on panel. 1550 - 1555
Hemessen, Jan Sanders Van
The Surgeon, or The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
Oil on panel. 1550 - 1555
Hemessen, Jan Sanders Van

A surgeon extracts a stone from a patient´s head. The scene takes place in an urban setting, probably a market. An aged helper holds the patient´s head, along with a youth, who prepares the unguents. Meanwhile, another patient grimaces grotesquely while waiting his turn. Hemessen criticizes the defrauding of patients by depicting the doctor with a sarcastic expression that reveals him as an impost

The Virgin and Child
Oil on panel. 1543
Hemessen, Jan Sanders Van
The Virgin and Child
Oil on panel. 1543
Hemessen, Jan Sanders Van

The Virgin sits on the ground, holding her nude son on her knees. He caresses her face while playing with his own swaddling clothes. The customary monumental scale of Hemessen´s figures is softened here, but this work maintains his characteristic soft and detailed brushstrokes, chiaroscuro transitions and abundant browns and reds. This painting by Jan Sanders van Hemessen displays a combination of

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