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Monkeys as barber-surgeons

Monkeys play a great role in the work of Coryn (Quirjin) Boel the Younger (1620-1668), engraver of Brussels and Antwerp. Specialized in making engravings of old masters, especially those of David Teniers, he often shows monkeys playing backgammon, giving concerts, or enjoying sophisticated breakfasts. At a time when most of healthcare in Europe was provided […]