The Gross Clinic

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– The subject of this painting is Dr. Samuel Gross who was a world-famous surgeon at that time. In this painting, he is demonstrating a relatively new surgical procedure to treat bone infections.
– The artwork was rejected by an art jury in Philadelphia possibly because it is too gory to be displayed in the art building.

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The Gross Clinic is considered to be a work of art that plays an important role in documenting the history of medicine. The painting shocked some viewers due to its realistic portrayal of a surgery. Doctor Samuel D. Gross is depicted here performing an operation with other surgeons. Thomas Eakins can also be seen in the audience to the right of the railing, either sketching or writing. The painting was rejected by the art jury for Centennial exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 due to its subject matter. The painting is now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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