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A Physician with an Enema Syringe

Pier Leone Ghezzi, Italian, 1674 - 1755

Made in Italy, Europe


Pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk on cream laid paper, with cream laid paper framing pieces, mounted down

Sheet: 14 3/8 x 9 5/16 inches (36.5 x 23.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman (later SmithKline Beecham) Fund for the Ars Medica Collection, 1978

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Ghezzi was one of the most engaging figures of eighteenth-century Rome: a painter, theater designer, antiquarian, and dabbler in medicine, anatomy, and archaeology, as well as an accomplished musician. A prolific caricaturist, he left great numbers of humorous ink drawings of his contemporaries from all walks of life-aristocrats and artists, clerics and musicians, grand tourists and servants. The doctor here is identified in the inscription on the sheet as a nephew of one Dr. Romanelli and as practicing at a nearby abbey belonging to the Albani family.