How you can use this image
This image has been assigned a Public Domain Mark and is free to use with unrestricted use.
Please acknowledge the Collection who own the work with a photo credit — this helps spread the word about their resources.
To learn more about images and rights, please see our image use page.Download
Buy a print or image licence
If you like this artwork you can support the collection by purchasing a reproduction as a framed OR unframed art print. We offer a selection of professionally made frames that will make your purchase look great in your home, office or other preferred setting.
Need a digital version for your site or publication? You can purchase a digital licence from Art UK and download an electronic copy of this reproduction.
Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.
Saints Cosmas and Damian practised medicine and surgery without payment according to their legend, and were therefore represented to the lay public as medical ideals. This painting shows one of the saints using a bullet extractor to remove a foreign body from a man's chest, and the other one assisting with prayer. On the table is a travelling case of surgical instruments with a lid that flips open, and to the right of it a round box partitioned to hold different ointments used in surgery.
Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Dressing a Chest Wound
oil on canvas
H 85.7 x W 119.5 cm
purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936
A. Favray 1748