'Medicine is of no avail, when love's sweet pain is the ail' is the message on the piece of paper on the floor by the girl's bed. There's nothing a proper doctor could do, but the grinning quack can. The old woman laughs encouragingly, and the boy with the enema syringe knows what's wrong as well. Cupid, the god of love, triumphs above the door. This was a very well known and popular 17th century theme.


  • Title: The Doctor's Visit
  • Date Created: circa 1665
  • Physical Dimensions: w490 x h610 cm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Jan Havicksz. Steen
  • Original Title: Het doctersbezoek
  • More Info: Link - Read more about Golden Age - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • Artist Information: Jan Steen is known for his humorous depictions of the everyday life of farmers and the middle-classes in 17th-century Holland. He worked in The Hague, Haarlem, Delft, where he also rented a brewery, and Leiden where he ran an inn. His genre paintings as a rule had a strong moralistic meaning, some of them even examples of Old Dutch proverbs. People still talk of a 'household by Jan Steen' to refer to a messy and exuberant way of house-keeping.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Lent by Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972, http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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