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Pediatrics in Art
February 1934


Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(2):402. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960090143016

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There are many pictures showing the circumcision of the Infant Jesus, as it was a favorite topic with the early painters and with some of the later ones. Every kind of an operation is shown by one artist or another, and there are a great variety of poses and of assistance. The mohel is almost always represented with a long flowing beard, a great handicap for a surgeon of any kind. The interesting thing about the picture, "La circoncisione" by Marco Belli, which is in the Pinacoteca de' Concordi at Rovigo, is the absence of any evidence of surgical instruments and the position of the child, which for the operation could not have been worse. So one can believe that Belli had never witnessed a circumcision and relied entirely on his imagination. The swaddling band has been removed but is still on the left leg, and the woman at the

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