Sheep shearing, satirical artwork

Sheep shearing, satirical artwork

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Caption: Sheep shearing, satirical artwork. The title for this work refers to rich and poor and the shearing of sheep, saying that the sheep will be sheared according to its wool, regardless of wealth and status. Dating from 1605, this artwork was drawn at a time when barbers carried out various forms of surgery as well as shaving their customers and cutting their hair. The artwork is by the Dutch painter David Vinckboons (1576-1632). This version is from the German book 'Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin' (Caricature and Satire in Medicine, 1921) by the German art historian and physician Eugen Hollander (1867-1932).

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