'The Physician', print, Europe, 1763

Made:
1763 in Europe
engraver:
Jacob Folkema
artist:
Hendrik Heerschop
maker:
Caspar Netscher

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Engraving. The Physician. Engraved by J. Falkema 176- after C. Netscher, 1659. [examining a urine flask]

A physician is studying the urine of patient in a technique called uroscopy. The urine was studied by looking at its colour, thickness, and even taste. The appearance of bodily fluids gave clues about the patient’s balance of humours and could give the physician ideas on how to treat them.

The engraving was taken from a Dutch painting by either Hendrik Heerschop (1620/1621-1672) or Caspar Netscher (1639-1684). The engraver was Jacob Folkema (1692-1767), a Dutch artist working in Berlin, Germany in 1763.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1987-200
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
  • print
credit:
Grosvenor Prints