In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the now-obsolete miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. The design of these clothes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme, the chief physician to Louis XIII.

Based on Paul Fürst's circa 1656 copper engraving of plague doctor, Dr. Schnabel from Rome. No Copyright Infringement Intended

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Comment by mark g on June 16, 2020 at 6:18am
Hi Paul..funnily enough I saw a genuine 17c plague mask last year in a local castle museum. Very sinister thing, and the beak was much longer than the illustrations!
Comment by Paul Perlow on June 16, 2020 at 1:39pm

These masks are really scarey. I am surprised that the plague did not die immediately of fright. Edgar Allen Poe probably had seen these.

Comment by Synthetik Software on June 16, 2020 at 4:54pm

Do you have any good links to the actual copper engraving? I'm always fascinated with how they constructed those back in the day.  With an eye to figuring out how to do it in Studio Artist.

Comment by Paul Perlow on June 16, 2020 at 11:55pm
Comment by Paul Perlow on June 16, 2020 at 11:58pm

Click on the image on Wilkepedia for a larger image

Comment by Paul Perlow on June 17, 2020 at 1:37pm

Here is a photoshop action that seems pretty good for engravings. Also attached are articles and samples

Engravings%202.ziphttps://graphicriver.net/item/engraving-lines/4434766

Comment by Paul Perlow on June 17, 2020 at 1:40pm

Link to articles

Engravings%202.zip

Comment by Bernard Bunner on June 17, 2020 at 1:40pm

Comment by Synthetik Software on June 18, 2020 at 7:03pm

Bernard, you might like this. We're re-working all of the bezier code to be 3D bezier paths, with an eye towards doing what you just did with bezier paths (and associated paint attached to them) prior to rendering them into a view plane of a 3D space they are sitting in.  But of course you could have multiple 3D rotated bezier draw planes in a single view.

Comment by Bernard Bunner on June 18, 2020 at 8:23pm

Cool, John. Yes I like this kind of art. I'm thinking about buying next a CNC machine and RhinoCam software. The goal is creating art with SA, converting it with CAM soft for engraving. I actually use Clayoo Emboss (plugin in Rhinogold) for adding depth. Danny Ceunen made some tests here. 

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