Tailor's bunion in "agony in the garden" canvas by Perugino (1446-1523)

Antonio Perciaccante, Alessia Coralli, Francesco M. Galassi, Frank J. Ruehli, Raffaella Bianucci

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Foot deformities have been often depicted in Renaissance paintings. Despite the
impressive knowledge of anatomy, which led those painters to draw life-like human figures, the deformation of toe-fingers and post-axial polydactyly represents a recurrent theme (Coralli et al., 2015; Lazzeri et al., 2015).
Speculations have been raised over the representation of foot deformities. These have been interpreted, in turn, as the stylistic trend of a given artist and, in a fewer cases, as the intentional and realistic representation of a foot pathological condition.
Similarly, it has been speculated that foot deformities associated to specific personages, such as the Saints or the Virgin, had an underlying symbolism and were associated to martyrdom, poverty and humility (Lazzeri et al., 2015).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-74
Number of pages3
JournalItalian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Art
  • Bunionette
  • Perugino
  • Tailor's bunion


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