Smallpox in art: considerations on some of its medical and social aspects

Francesco M Galassi, Elena Varotto

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Abstract

Dear Editor,
We read with interest N. Kluger's palaeodermatological correspondence on the late 19th century painting Pockmarked boy from Savo,1 and we totally concur with him on his assertion that painters rarely depicted the faces of smallpox patients or survivors, with the notable exception of cases like that of Ferdinando II de' Medici (1610–1670)...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1612-1613
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume35
Issue number8
Early online date2 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Disease in art
  • smallpox
  • Ferdinando II de’ Medici

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