What Cannot Be Cured Must Be Endured: Medicine and Healing Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists
Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, the history of western art has been littered with depictions of medicine and healing—a topic which continues to inspire artists to this day. Traditional western discourses generally focus on the detection of damage or illness in the body, the diagnosis, and the application of relevant treatments and cures towards recovery. Other approaches may explore ideas of ritualistic or spiritual responses to the notion of illness, remedies outside the mainstream, and interventions to prevent illness. This exhibition explores the artistic representation of the frailty of the human form.
Image: Roberto Osti, "Harlequin," 2008, watercolor on paper, 52"x57", courtesy of the artist.