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Pediatrics in Art
June 1934


Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(6):1339. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960130163014

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Anton Raphael Mengs (1728 to 1779), who is said to have been more learned than inspired, left a number of pictures, at least one of which has a pediatric interest. This hangs in the Prado in Madrid and is a portrait of two children, evidently of the nobility. It illustrates fairly well what the very rich provided in the way of show clothes for their children. The baby with a teething ring in its hand sits in a fine little arm chair with a restraining board, which, for purposes of the artist, has been put on a stand. The head is covered with a cap not unlike those seen today. The older child is dressed in a long gown of stiff satin and fingers a jeweled order. The cap is tied snugly about the head. The children of the very rich were as handicapped in those days as they are

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