Godefridus Schalcken

The Doctor's Examination

161 detail signatuur
161 achterzijde
161 ingelijst
161 voorzijde
161 voorzijde

Godefridus Schalcken
The Doctor's Examination

1690 On view in Room 11

This panel belongs with A Useless Moral Lesson by Godfried Schalcken. It shows the consequences of rashly losing your virginity. A young woman is sobbing, while the quack – a ‘piskijker’, or piss looker – examines her urine. In it, he sees a baby swimming, which is supposed to prove that she is pregnant. The man on the left is angry, but the boy on the right is laughing at the painful situation. He is making an obscene gesture, while looking at the viewer.

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Godefridus Schalcken
The Doctor's Examination

1690 On view in Room 11

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General information
Godefridus Schalcken (Made 1643 - 1706 The Hague)
The Doctor's Examination
1690
painting
161
Room 11
Material and technical details
oil
panel
28.6 x 35 cm
Inscriptions
linksonder: G. Schalcken.

Origin

Evert van Sypesteyn, Utrecht, until 1713; his sale, Utrecht, 11 April 1714 (Lugt 244), nos. 4-5 (450 guilders, together with inv. nr. 160); Adriaan Bout, The Hague; his sale, The Hague, 11 August 1733 (Lugt 427), nos. 75-76 (for 930 guilders to Philip van Dijk for Prince William IV, together with inv. nr. 160); Prince William IV, Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn, 1733-1751; by inheritance to Prince William V, Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn and The Hague, 1751-1795; both paintings confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum central des arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822; on loan to the Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, 1952-1977 (together with inv. no. 160)