Medicine and Art Study Day – March 2022

Plague doctor

A watercolour of an early 17th-century plague doctor’s costume.
(Wellcome Trust/Used under Creative Commons licence)

On Friday 25th March 2022, we will have a Study Day with three lectures on “Medicine and Art”; an exploration of how artists have perceived disease and the practice of medicine through the centuries.   It will be held at The Warwickshire Country Club, Leek Wootton, CV35 7QT.

You might think that we have all had enough of plague, pox and pestilence but think again. Dr James Grant MBE  promises to give members a fascinating and memorable insight into how artists have perceived and depicted some of the major plagues and pandemics that mankind has had to suffer through the centuries.

Artists have depicted the effects of disease, the basic human need to blame someone or something for their suffering as well as producing wonderful images which have inspired great hope and consolation. Numerous artists from Rubens and Titian to Van Dyck and Tintoretto have all painted plague masterpieces.

There is much in the day that people will find relevant to the difficult times that we have all lived through.

In the afternoon, there is a complete contrast with a prize quiz based on the lecturer’s collection of medical antiques, lots of art and artefacts, something to keep everyone interested and engaged after a good lunch!

I think you will agree that we can look forward to a very interesting day.
Ticket details will be published at a later date, and to express an interest, please email

Susan Dunnett