November, laurel, and jasmine

The doctor is always the hope of the sick.


Year 1998
Oil on board
100 x 90 cm

Homage to Science and to the figure of the doctor, guardian of health.

A leather case with a metal mouthpiece rests on a sober Castilian-style chair, which the doctor traditionally used to carry his tools for examining and diagnosing the patient. Next to it is a stethoscope, a laurel branch, and some jasmine flowers.

The laurel, in addition to its medicinal and culinary uses, is known in esotericism as a noble and powerful protector, not only material but also spiritual. It is a tree consecrated in Greek mythology to Apollo, god of wisdom and heroism. Linked to the concepts of tradition, greatness and value, it is part of the symbol of medicine, formed in the centre by Aesculapius’ staff with a coiled snake, a branch of laurel on the left and another of oak on the right.

Jasmine, a coveted and aromatic flower with an exquisite fragrance, brings benefits to our physical and psychic health. Jasmine tea has been the most widely consumed tea in China for centuries, recommended for respiratory problems, coughs, nervous weakness and to stimulate organic defences in the autumn and winter months.

Known to the Chinese, Persians and Hindus, jasmine was introduced to Europe by the Andalusian culture, in the same way as paper and silk.

In Al-Andalus, the doctor became one of the most prominent representatives of science.

© María José Aguilar

“They say that, since I learned to express myself verbally, I manifested a fervent and unwavering desire: TO PAINT



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