Art Exhibit on Display at Franklin Memorial Hospital: 45 prints depict great moments in medicine
February 9, 2009
From left: Rebecca Ryder, Franklin Memorial Hospital president; Greg
Williams, Colby College Museum of Art; and Peter Zanoni, donor.
More than 50 years ago Parke-Davis & Company, the largest pharmaceutical firm in the country at the time, commissioned a painter to depict great moments in medical history, from ancient Egypt to the United States in the 20th century.
Within a few years, the entire nation knew the paintings by Robert A. Thom. Reproductions appeared in magazines and doctors' offices, and a book of them was given to thousands of new physicians. With a Norman Rockwell-style realism, the works epitomized the optimism of the time in which they were painted, and the nation's faith in post-World War II medical and scientific triumphs.
Now, 45 of those prints are on display in the connecting corridor between Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) and the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center in Farmington.
"These prints are a remarkable product of their time," said Rebecca Ryder, FMH president. "These works hold both historical and cultural significance for the entire field of medicine. I believe they will be thoroughly enjoyed by our doctors, employees, and the community."
Peter Zanoni of Mexico, Maine donated the collection of prints to Franklin Memorial Hospital in November with the intent that it would be publicly put on display. Gregory Williams of the Colby College Museum of Art lent his expertise to create the art exhibition.
"I would like to publicly express my thanks to both Peter and Greg for their roles in bringing our community this collection of works, which speaks so powerfully to how art is shaped by history," added Ryder.
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