Artwork Title: The Unconscious Patient (Allegory of Smell)

The Unconscious Patient (Allegory of Smell), 1624

Rembrandt van Rijn

This painting of The Unconscious Patient (Allegory of Smell) from about 1624 is believed to be Rembrandt’s earliest signed work, completed when he was only 18. It shows a barber-surgeon’s assistant trying to revive a patient from unconsciousness using smelling salts – a particularly pungent aroma. Three of the other paintings in this series were well-known, but two had apparently gone missing. This was re-discovered in 2015, but that of taste remains lost. (
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