Three different paintings that share the same subject: medieval brain surgery.
>Cutting the Stone by Bosch
The inscription at the top of the image reads, "Master cut out the stone - my name is Lubbert Das". The name Lubbert frequently appeared in Dutch literature as a foolish character and to identify those demonstrating a high degree of human stupidity.
>The Surgeon by Hemessen
A satirical painting that depicts a medieval surgeon as a quack. I didn't know about Jan Sanders van Hemessen's work until earlier, but I’m sure glad I know about it now.
>Touch by Rembrandt
Part of a series of five oil paintings depicting the five senses. It's one of Rembrandt’s earliest works --he was only around eighteen years old when the paintings were made.
Thank you for bringing back these paintings. I remember feeling very impressed by them when I saw them on that old thread.
These paintings are truly amazing. The use of color and the amount of details made me feel like I'm in another world. Actually, there are so many details that I cannot help experiencing pareidolia when I take a good look at these images. My favorite of the four is definitely the first one, but I can't deny that the third painting is extremely interesting. It's a shocking way of portraying the tribulations of adult life.
By the way, thank you for sharing that quote by Cicero. I decided to read the book from which that quote is taken (Cato Maior de Senectut) and really enjoyed it. This was my favorite part of it:
At first I thought that painting was kind of Balthus' works. However, it seems that the artist started to experiment with his art style at some point of his life. To be honest, I don't know much about Balthus, but I must admit that I find some of his paintings interesting.
Excellent paintings. They made me feel strange, as if I were nostalgic for a time I've never lived, and homesick for somewhere I've never been. On the other hand, I must confess I envy their abilities to properly match and mix colors. Both of them know how to create a color palette that evokes a feeling of nostalgia.