Der Vivisektor (The Vivisector), 1883From Explore Seattle.
Gabriel von Max
Oil on canvas
39 ¾ x 65 ¾ in. (101 x 167 cm)
Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Munich, on permanent loan to the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, inv. no. FH 551
Throughout his life, Max was outspokenly opposed to the practice of vivisection (dissection of living animals), that was common at the time for scientific research. A famous painting, The Vivisector comments on this (seen above). He depicts a contemplative doctor with Lady Justice standing behind him. Her scales contain a brain and a heart, with the heart weighing heavier. Max died in 1915 in Munich.