‘Galen, Hippocrates, and Aretaeus of Cappadocia’ Window, The University of Sydney

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‘Galen, Hippocrates, and Aretaeus of Cappadocia’ Window, The University of Sydney


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This is the lower section of a two-tiered Gothic Revival stair window located in the Anderson Stuart Building at the University of Sydney. The window was donated by John Harris Esq., at a cost of £120 in c.1889 (Calendar of the University of Sydney for the year 1893, Sydney, W. E. Smith, 1893, p.375) It features a triad of classical physicians - Galen, Hippocrates, and Aretaeus of Cappadocia - each of whom had a profound influence on medical thought in the medieval and Renaissance periods and the development of medicine in general. The figures are separately surmounted and framed by late fourteenth to early fifteenth century canopies within individuated lights. Such figuration is very much in keeping with the customary practice of presenting a series of exemplary figures from history for edification and emulation. The Anderson Stuart Building, formerly known as ‘The old medical school’ is used for the teaching of anatomy. It also boasts a statue of Asklepios, the God of medicine and healing, and busts of several eminent physicians and surgeons. The Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University is the oldest in the country.


Urry, David


3 November 2011


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