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Pediatrics in Art
March 1934


Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(3):632. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960100158020

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One of the best known pediatric pictures is that called "The Sick Child" by Gabriel Metsu, which hangs in the Steengracht Collection in The Hague. It represents a mother with her sick child on her lap. The mother's expression is one of quiet solicitude, while the child reclines in her arm in a fairly well relaxed postion—a picture frequently seen by the practicing pediatrician. The child evidently has a fever, and from the expression one might hazard a guess that the cause was an upset intestinal tract. Gabriel Metsu (1630-1667) was a Dutch painter, born at Leyden and a pupil of Gerard Dow. Two years after he was admitted to the Painter's Guild of his native city, he moved to Amsterdam, where he spent his life. The photograph is by Bruckmann of Munich.

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