MUSSCHER, Michiel van
(b. 1645, Rotterdam, d. 1705, Amsterdam)

A Doctor in His Studio

Oil on panel, 43 x 37 cm
Private collection

The subject of this painting has been variously identified as a doctor, alchemist, and a scientist. The amber-coloured contents of the glass beaker which he studies appear to be urine, the analysis of which was used to test pregnancy. The cylindrical basket on the floor would have been used to transport the beaker for examination. The apothecary jar labeled Euphrasia, a plant material used as an eye remedy, and the tool at its left, a dental key used for tooth extraction, further reveal the bearded man is indeed a physician.

The painting is signed lower left: M : V MusScher . Pinxit and dated on the canister: 1668 A N.

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