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The Anesthesiologist


God-like representation of Dionysus with an ether can at his feet. Copyright: This image may not be saved locally, modified, reproduced, or distributed by any other means without the written permission of the copyright owners.

The Anesthesiologist by Jose Perez
(Oil on Canvas, 30 in x 24 in, 77 cm x 61.5 cm)

Copyright: This image may not be saved locally, modified, reproduced, or distributed by any other means without the written permission of the copyright owners.


The anesthesiologist is often only a vaguely remembered actor from the surrealistic scenes that precede and follow surgery. With all the powers of Morpheus, the Greek god of sleep and dreams, the anesthesiologist seems to delight in his role as he smiles down on his vulnerable patient.

As the patient sleeps, the beautiful butterflies and horned devil become part of her mental confusion. Perhaps she dreams about which way her soul will go if she doesn't wake up again in this world.

In the meantime, her defenseless body will be handed over to the real "god" of the operating room, the surgeon.