The physician is always the hope of the sick.
November, Laurel, and Jasmine, 1998.
Oil on wood
100 x 90 cm
This painting was created for the Ilustre Colegio de Médicos de la ciudad de Sevilla (The Illustrious College of Physicians of the City of Seville), in honor of Science and the figure of a physician, Guardian of Health; an assignment that was not finished.
On a Castilian style chair rests a leather satchel with a metallic clasp that, traditionally, the physician used to carry the instruments that he would use to complete the medical examination and diagnosis of a patient. Next to it, a stethoscope, laurel branch, and some jasmine flowers.
Laurel, in addition to its medicinal and culinary uses, is known in esoterism as a noble and powerful protector, not only tangible but spiritual. It is a sacred tree to Apollo, god of wisdom and heroism in Greek mythology. Associated with the concepts of tradition, greatness, and bravery, it is part of the symbol for medicine. Formed in the center by the staff of Asclepius with a serpent wound around it, a laurel branch on the left and another oak branch on the right.
Jasmine is a coveted and aromatic flower with an exquisite fragrance that offers benefits to our physical and mental health. Jasmine tea is the most widely consumed in China and has been for centuries. It is recommended for respiratory problems, cough, and anxiety; among its properties is one to stimulate the immune system in the fall and winter months.
Known by the Chinese, Persians, and Hindus, jasmine was introduced to Europe through the Andalusian culture, as well as paper and silk.
In Al- Andalus, the physician became one of the most distinguished representatives of Science.