Old-world puppet theater reflects just how antiquated it may seem in the face of current technology to be manually administering powerful anesthetic drugs to ill-defined endpoints.
Against the backdrop evocative of the passage of time, our patient descends into sleep while a powerful figure, an overseer of her consciousness, inundates her with hypnotic elixir.
The background is part of a larger, original work in wax color on board. The inset line drawings attribute to D. Rose, Edited by H. W. Dulcken: “Popular History of Rome, A” (1886) and Hone, William: “Hone’s Everyday Book” (1826), both of which may be found at fromoldbooks.org
Naveen Nathan MD
Cover Editor and Illustrator