The doctor's visit, c. 1665
Jan Havicksz. Steen
About The doctor's visit
The piece of paper on the floor bears the rhyme: 'Medicine is to no avail, where sweet pain is the ail'. The text concerns the lovesick woman in the four poster bed. The doctor writes out a prescription and the others laugh at the pretence. This was a very well known and popular 17th century theme.
About Jan Havicksz. Steen
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, Delft, where he also rented a brewery, and Leiden where he ran an inn. His genre paintings as a rule had a strong moralistic meaning, some of them even examples of Old Dutch proverbs. People still talk of a 'household by Jan Steen' to refer to a messy and exuberant way of house-keeping.
The doctor's visit
Jan Havicksz. Steen, Leiden 1626 - Leiden 1679
This object is on view in room 28
h. 61 x w. 49 cm (framed) h. 90 x w. 75 x d. 9 cm
oil on panel
Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
- De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
- The Collection Enriched (2011)