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A Physician with a Urine Sample

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Physicians are characterised in early woodcuts by the attribute of a large glass container which they hold up to the light to examine. In later genre painting, such doctors appear in a humorous light. This painting is unusual in that the physician is presented at work and looking directly at the spectator. Probably dating from c.1630–1633, it belongs to a group of works by the Candlelight Master, a follower of Caravaggio sometimes identified as Trophime Bigot (c.1579–1650) who specialised in nocturnal scenes.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



A Physician with a Urine Sample


c. 1630–1633


oil on canvas


H 72 x W 99 cm

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Presented by Percy Moore Turner, 1942

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