On the paper is written on the ground, “No medicine will help against the pain of love”. This text refers to women in the four-poster bed with love pains. The doctor writes a prescription, and all bystanders laugh at it. It is a well known and popular 17th century theme, love pains.
|Paper is on the right on the floor |Hier baet geen medesyn want het is minepijn|
17th century people would know immediately that this is not a common doctor is paying a visit painting. Even when there was no note written, the cupid above the door, the painting in the back they would have recognized it as love pain. Jan Steen made several paintings with this theme, and this one is made around 1665 and is on display at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands.