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Pediatrics in Art
September 1933


Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(3):609. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960030138014

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The effects of alcohol afford many an artist material. Luca Giordano (1605-1705), the Neapolitan, a pupil of Ribera, sometimes got away from the religious subjects which made him famous and portrayed scenes like the Baccanale. The effects of alcohol need not be commented on, but the central figure shows one of its chief consequences, sleep, while the other have "their wine-driv'n brains, involv'd in follie's cloud." Milton in "Comus" uses the apt phrase "From out the purple grape crushed the sweet poison of misused wine."

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