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Pediatrics in Art |

ST. NILUS AND ST. BARTHOLOMEW CURING AN OBSESSED

JOHN RUHRÄH, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(5_PART_I):1102. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960050164019.
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Domenico Zampieri Domenichino (1581-1641), an Italian painter of the Bolognese school, if judged by his frescoes will rank as one of the foremost of his compatriot artists. In 1609-1610, he painted at Grottaferrata frescoes which show the lives of St. Nilus and St. Bartholomew. One incident represents the Saints healing a boy described as obsessed, that is, possessed of a devil, or what would be described today as an attack of hysteria. The pose is characteristic, theatrical and appealing. It will be noted that the patient does not bite the good Saint's finger. This figure is in direct contrast with the boy with the convulsion seen in Raphael's "Transfiguration" in which the attack is of central origin.

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