Reply to Baudouin and Simon: “The Medici earlobe crease”

Francesco M Galassi, Donatella Lippi, Raffaella Bianucci

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Dear editor-in-chief, we read with interest the correspondence by Baudouin and Simon [1] focusing on the identification of two cases of earlobe crease in Piero di Cosimo (1416–1469), also known as “Piero the Gouty”, and Pope Leo X (1475–1521). Both were members of the Medici family and their portrayals are coeval. The ad verum approach used for their depiction makes them a useful source for iconodiagnosis...
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalEuropean Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Early online date1 Apr 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2021


  • Disease in art
  • Medici
  • gout

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