43 x 23 in. (109.2 x 58.4 cm)
Medium and Support:
Collection of the Mint Museum, Windgate Fund and funds provided by Rick and Dana Davis, DAVIS STEEL & IRON. 2005.34
As an artist who works with glass every day, Schaechter bleeds from cuts rather regularly, yet she has always been somewhat afraid of blood. Hemophilia, a genetic disorder that causes prolonged and often life-threatening bleeding after an injury, is sometimes referred to as “the royal disease” because it afflicted a number of European royal families, including members of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. While she was making this work, Schaechter was thoroughly engrossed in that history as she read about the fall of the Romanov dynasty. The heir to the throne, Alexei, struggled with hemophilia, for which his mother sought treatment from the self-proclaimed mystic and healer Rasputin. In the oval at the top of the panel, an image of a hand taking another’s pulse was pulled from an old medical text.