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This room card was created for the exhibition Closer 16 December 2017 – 26 August 2018.

Gerrit Dou room card

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The Physician
Gerrit Dou The Physician

Gerrit Dou was a leading figure in Dutch painting during the 1600s – a period often referred to as the Golden Age. A pupil of Rembrandt van Rijn, Dou favoured painting interior scenes and his work is renowned for its minute detail and immaculate finish. In The Physician a learned man examines the contents of a flask thought to contain urine, a test frequently used to diagnose pregnancy in the seventeenth century. Although it is a small painting, it is full of symbolism: the putti playing with a goat in the frieze represents sinful pleasure and the medical book opened on a page featuring a human skeleton leaning against a shovel represents a gravedigger, a memento mori, or reminder of our own mortality.

(New Dawn Fades, November 2018)

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Closer: Old Favourites, New Stories

Closer: Old Favourites, New Stories

New perspectives on ten of the Gallery’s best-loved paintings.