Plague Doctor By Lauren
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Artist comments
Portrait of a 17th century Plague Doctor inspired by an article I had stumbled upon one eve. I enjoyed doing this piece a good deal mostly due to the unusualness of the doctor's mask and my own odd little interest in medieval medicine.

For those that are curious the long beak portion of the mask, which was made of bronze, did indeed serve a purpose other than to frighten people off the streets. The interior of the beak was hollow, thus allowing the storage of certain herbs and spices that were believed to ward off plague and protect the doctor from inhaling any airborne respiratory droplets. The remainder of the suit was made of leather and soaked in camphor oil and wax for further protection.

Prismacolor Coloured Pencils, Sharpie Marker (ultra fine point), Printer Paper, PSP8, Time.
User comments

Erin on April 13th, 2006 at 9:03:13 AMReply

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