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The Sick Woman

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The theme of lovesickness was extremely popular in both painting and the theatre in the seventeenth century. Suppressed desire led to a vague syndrome known as ‘hysteria’. The satire is played out with the arrival of the doctor, in this case an old spinster with an enema syringe.

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Title The Sick Woman
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 21,5 cm
Height 26,5 cm
Artists Schilder: Jan Havicksz. Steen
Accession number VdV 77
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1972
Creation date in circa 1660
Age artist About 34 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Research Alma
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Geographical origin Harlem > North Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan Havicksz. Steen

Leiden 1626 - Leiden 1679

Jan Steen is known for his humorous depictions of the everyday life of farmers and the middle-classes in 17th-century Holland. He worked in The Hague, Haarlem,...

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