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

A Doctor in His Studio (detail)

Oil on panel
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 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.

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