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Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp": A Sinner among the Righteous

Dolores Mitchell
Artibus et Historiae
Vol. 15, No. 30 (1994), pp. 145-156
Published by: IRSA s.c.
DOI: 10.2307/1483478
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1483478
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

This essay argues that the painting's visual language conveys ironic messages about the relationship of the elite group of medical men to the executed criminal. Other Rembrandt works close in time, as well as inherited schemata, assist an interpretation which seeks to balance the strong emphasis placed by W. S. Heckscher and W. Schupbach on "Dr. Tulp's" contribution to the iconography. The painting is also interpreted within the context of Reformation themes.

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