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The snake, the staff, and the healer

Simon Wein Petach Tikvah, Israel   The Rod of Asclepius, graphite on paper, by Daniel Wein, 2021. Introduction In some ancient cultures, especially around the Near East, the snake was involved in healing. Today this seems counterintuitive. There are as many as 130,000 deaths from snake bites worldwide each year and three times that number […]

A painful but tender embrace: Robert Pope’s “Aesculapius”

Caroline Wellbery Washington, DC, United States     Aesculapius Robert Pope (1956-1992) Charcoal on paper, 184 x 80.7 cm, 1991 Robert Pope, early in childhood a student gifted in science, chose art as his career, and no one better melds the observing eye with the understanding heart. The shadow of cancer hung over him during […]