In this composition Teniers depicts an everyday situation in rural societies. A healer, or country doctor, heals a peasant’s foot using his rustic tools. Behind them, in the background, a woman and a servant girl watch the action with concern. The presence of the owl as a symbol of wisdom alluding to medicine is also noteworthy, although it could be considered a criticism, as it would link up with the Flemish canon in which burlesque representations are frequent.
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe., 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Format: Oil on panel (33 x 25 cm)
Source: Museo del Prado (Madrid)
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: Museo del Prado (Madrid)
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