Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Grim Reaper

  • Ensor’s use of emesis in art

    Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   James Ensor, Seven Deadly Sins, Gluttony (1904). Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels. Image cropped to plate size. Via Wikimedia The Belgian artist James Ensor (1860-1949) was born to a Belgian mother, Maria Catherina Haegheman, and an English father, James Frederick Ensor. He was born and spent his entire life in…

  • Ellen Powell Tiberino’s The Operation

    Cody RitzPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States In the graphite drawing by the late Ellen Powell Tiberino titled The Operation (1980), a tangled chaos emanates from an operating table surrounded by medical professionals of varying expressions—the two closest of whom hunch over the mess of contraptions and viscera with claw-like hands. Another healthcare worker stares directly at…