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An effeminate youth recoils in pain as he is bitten by a lizard, which clings tenaciously to his finger. In the foreground is a magnificent still life of fruit, with a rose and sprig of jasmine in a glass vase. Look closely and you can see the reflection of a room in the curved surface of the vase. The painting may have an allegorical meaning, and possibly refers to the pain that can derive from love.
Boy bitten by a Lizard
Oil on canvas
H 66 x W 49.5 cm
Bought with the aid of a contribution from the J. Paul Getty Jr Endowment Fund, 1986