Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Caduceus versus the Staff of Asclepius

    This painting from the Philadelphia Museum of Art is attributed to Gaspare Pagani, a relatively obscure sixteenth century artist from Modena, Italy, the world capital of balsamic vinegar. It shows an elderly man carrying a staff with two serpents coiled around it, serving to identify him as a physician. The man has made no momentous…