Medicine and Art

Michael Baum, emeritus professor of surgery at University College London, and his students have been exploring art galleries to solve the puzzles artists have left in pictures. The results are illuminating and compelling.

One of their major findings it the theory that one of the most famous faces in the National Gallery, in the portait called ‘An Old Woman’, by the Flemish artist Quinten Massys in 1513, and popularly known as The Ugly Duchess, suffered from Paget’s Disease. The potrait is part of the National Gallery’s Renaissance Faces exhibition. For more details on the Duchess and her disorder click here.

For an exhibition review see here. And for more details visit the National Gallery Website.