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Caricatural medieval medical practitioners

Madeleine Kuijper, Madeleine Kuijper Illustraties

These scenes are inspired by works by medieval artists and the 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. The scenes are separated by Asclepian snakes, representing both Asclepius – the ancient Greek god of medicine – and the modern-day symbol for medicine.

Descriptions of the images (clockwise, from top left).
1) A parody of alchemy: a masked figure holds in his hand a conical flask from which frogs jump. In the distance a heron waits for a chance to grab one.
2) A man sits on a cart, asking a doctor if his disordered limbs can be repaired.
3) In an operation scene, a doctor appears to be pulling a bunch of sausages out of a patient’s belly while surrounded by hungry dogs.
4) A medieval surgeon holding a small knife operates on a man’s opened head. The patient is also being attended to by a female assistant, who is giving him some tea.

Imaging technique: Illustration and digital art

Madeleine has hand-drawn this image using traditional techniques, before adding colour digitally. Whereas traditional illustration uses media such as ink or paint, digital illustration utilises an electronic pen, tablet and software capable of replicating all the effects of traditional art media. The advantages of working in a digital format include the speed and ease of manipulating images, and the worldwide audience that the internet provides.

Location where image was created

Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Image creators

Madeleine has been drawing for as long as she can remember. While at the Wackers Academy in Amsterdam, Madeleine discovered that she was not so much a painter as a draftswoman, thinking and working best with lines rather than patches of colour. Her drawings, etchings and linocuts were recently exhibited at the Central Library of Amsterdam, from November 2016 until the end of January 2017. Find out more.

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