Heimbach, Wolfgang (German, 1615-1678)

The Invalid


Reference Type:
Artwork
Image:
Heimbach.Invalid.jpg
Year:
1669
Notes/Description:
The term “invalid” in the title implies that this man has been ailing for some time and may be permanently disabled. His wife is holding his head—either because she has been repositioning the pillow or because he does not have the strength to hold his head in a position that would allow him to look down at the child. The contrast between his health and that of the others is emphasized by the skin tones—his white and clammy, theirs more normal and healthy-looking. His affection for the child can be seen in the way he takes one hand in his own and places the other on her head, while she places her other hand on his leg and looks up to meet his eyes. The maid in the background watches the loving family as she either changes the bedclothes or brings a blanket to cover his legs. Notes by Mariann Smith
Keywords:
Art
Illness and the Family
Children
Family Relationships
Love
Collection:
Kunsthalle, Hamburg