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ARTWORK FOR SALE: Plague Doctor, Original Drawing

ARTIST: Kelley Hensing
PRICE: $1,500.00

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detail of frame


Title: Plague Doctor, Original Drawing
Mediums: Graphite Pencil
Status: Unpublished Art
Price: $1,500.00
Tags: Animals, Dark Art, Drawings


Drawing: 15 x 21, with frame 23x30
Pencil on archival paper
Frame is new, espresso color with gold trim with distressed detail. Covered with clear non-glare plexiglass.

Shipping included, to US only at this time.

This is the original drawing which I later used to create the painted version for the Mazza Museum 2020/2021 show, "Creatures Most Curious". (painting has been sold)

A modern pandemic has swept over 2020, and many of us have sought ways exorcise our anxieties. This piece was a fitting way to illustrate our fears of uncertainty, while cloaking it in a more fantastical expression. Plague doctors were actual figures in the history of plagues that have since evolved into folklore. Their classic costuming with the bird-like mask and waxed robes began in the 1600's in Europe, which featured a number of ways to ward off disease. One notable concept was the idea of 'miasma', the bad air that was believed to spread diseases. The beak-like mask would have held herbs and spices,which was used to ward off the evil air.