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Death by Dysentery? Artist Frank Russell Wadsworth in Madrid

Sally Metzler Chicago, IL, United States (Summer 2017)   Frank Russell Wadsworth (1874-1905) A River Lavadero, 1905, Oil on canvas, Union League Club Chicago Though he basked in the Spanish sun, the summer warmth would be his downfall, indeed his early death.  Artist Frank Russell Wadsworth of Chicago gravitated towards the vivid colors and picturesque […]

Portraiture in the head and neck cancer clinic: A patient’s perspective

Mark Gilbert Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada James E. Van Arsdall Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE (Spring 2017)   Figure 1. Jim, 2014, Charcoal on Paper, University of Nebraska Medical Center. I first met Scottish artist Mark Gilbert in 2013 as a participant in his  Ph.D. dissertation study, “The Experience of Portraiture in Clinical Settings” [EPICS]. I […]

Alcohol and the art of David Terniers Jr.

Mirjana Stojkovic – Ivkovic Belgrade, Serbia (Spring 2017)   Fig 1. Smokers and drinkers, Museo del Prado, Madrid (this picture makes fun of human frailties, stupidity and vices.) David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) was one of the most prolific and versatile Flemish artists. About2000 pictures have been attributed to him, including replicas and copies, and […]

The Isenheim Altarpiece and ‘homeopathic’ hospital art

Katrina Genuis University of British Columbia, Canada (Winter 2017)   Figure 1: Isenheim Altarpiece, First View. Matthias Grünewald, 1512-1516. Unterlindin Museum, Colmar, France. Source. Art found in hospitals generally has the aim of comforting the viewer. Presumably, ill patients or exhausted on-call physicians who amble past pastoral countryside scenes or watercolour flowers are reminded that […]

Finding a Voice

Ruth Margalit University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, United States Christopher Leet Siena/Francis House, Omaha, Nebraska, United States (Spring 2012)   Erin Reets, a resident of the Siena/Francis House (SFH) homeless shelter, came in to discuss a medical problem with a doctor at the shelter clinic. Having addressed the medical problem, the doctor sat […]

The Marjorie Kovler Center quilts

Mary Lynn Everson Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Chicago Illinois, United States Greg Halvorsen Schreck Wheaton College, Illinois, United States (Spring 2012)   Established in 1987, Chicago’s Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center transforms the lives of individuals recovering from the complex consequences of torture. The Kovler Center provides medical, mental health, and social services, trains […]

The power of the creative

Margo Davis State University of New York at Buffalo Center for the Arts, United States (Winter 2012)   The names used within this article have been changed to ensure patient privacy. The question is often asked of me, “What in the world do you do as an artist-in-residence in a hospital?” Over time, my answer […]

Rodin’s “Large Left Hand 1903”

Seth Judson Santa Barbara, California, United States (Spring 2015)     Large Left Hand 1903 Auguste Rodin Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University Photography by Seth Judson Walking down Madison Avenue in 1947, B. Gerald Cantor saw in a window a bronze sculpture of Rodin’s The Hand of God. […]

Illuminating addiction: morphinomania in fin-de-siècle visual culture

Natalia Angeles Vieyra Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2015)     Paul-Albert Besnard, Morphinomanes ou Le Plumet, 1887 Etching and drypoint, plate: 9 5/16 x 14 inches (23.75 x 35.6 cm) Sheet: 12 5/8 x 17 5/8 inches (32.1 x 44.8 cm) Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1980 The […]

Migrainous scotomata in art

JH McAuley Queens Hospital, Romford and Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom (Fall 2015) Image courtesy of Migraine Action, UK More than simply representing their visual environment, artists depict their visual experiences. Their work is invested with a personal emotional context. In some cases, the subject becomes the emotion itself, as conveyed in abstract […]