The Sick Woman

Jan Steenca. 1663 - ca. 1666


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Faint from fever, the young woman rests her head on a pillow. Is she perhaps lovesick? Is she pregnant? To find out, a quack would put a strip of his patient’s clothing in a brazier to smoulder – the scent would disclose her secret. Jan Steen here presents such a charlatan making a diagnosis. His old-fashioned attire characterizes him as a comic character.


  • Title: The Sick Woman
  • Creator: Steen, Jan Havicksz.
  • Date Created: ca. 1663 - ca. 1666
  • Physical Dimensions: doek
  • Rights: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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