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Mesmeric therapy. Oil painting by a French (?) painter, 1778

Publisher: [between 1778 and 1784?]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork : No Linguistic Content
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Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) introduced a system of therapy ("animal magnetism" or "mesmerism") based on the theory that the body was analogous to a magnet. At first in Vienna (1768-1778) and later in Paris (1778-1784) he turned the theory into practice by constructing a large tub (a "baquet") from which magnetised fluids were dispensed to patients through pipes and ropes applied to diseased parts of the body. In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oil paintings
Named Person: Franz Anton Mesmer; Maria Theresia von Paradis; Franz Anton Mesmer; Maria Theresia von Paradis
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork
Document Type: Visual material
OCLC Number: 779587107
Description: 1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 60.5 x 76.2 cm.
Responsibility: 1784.

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Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) introduced a system of therapy ("animal magnetism" or "mesmerism") based on the theory that the body was analogous to a magnet. At first in Vienna (1768-1778) and later in Paris (1778-1784) he turned the theory into practice by constructing a large tub (a "baquet") from which magnetised fluids were dispensed to patients through pipes and ropes applied to diseased parts of the body. In the present painting, the man on the extreme left winds a magnetised rope around his head to cure headache. In the right background, Mesmer touches a friar with a magnetic wand. In the right foreground the woman playing a piano might be the blind musician Maria Theresia von Paradies (Paradis) (1759-1824).

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