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A Verger's Dream: Saints Cosmas and Damian Performing a Miraculous Cure by Transplantation of a Leg

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

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Saints Cosmas and Damian were early Christian martyrs who practised medicine and surgery without payment according to their legend, and were therefore represented to the lay public as medical ideals. In this Spanish altarpiece they appear in a vision, dressed in the full finery of academic doctors as they perform the miracle of transplanting a leg. The vision is described in a medieval book called 'The Golden Legend', written by Jacobus de Voragine.

Wellcome Collection

London


Date

c.1495 (?)

Medium

oil on wood

Measurements

H 169 x W 133 cm (E)

Accession number

46009i

Acquisition method

purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936

Work type

Painting


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