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Stephan Gladieu : Doctor Plague is back

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Photographic series by Stephan GLADIEU produced in March – April 2020 in Paris during confinement. In the 17th century, faced with the scourge of the bubonic plague, the first doctor of Louis XIII fashioned a protective suit allowing him to treat the sick while keeping his distance. This “Plague Doctor” costume was immediately recognizable to all as a figure of authority and knowledge. Imagined by Doctor Charles de Lorme in 1619, it consists of skin breeches and leather boots, a large cape surmounted by a plastron covering up the shoulders, gloves, hat and glasses and a mask enhanced with an...

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