Wiener klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 119, Issue 17–18, pp 553–556 | Cite as

Arthritis in the Durer family

  • George M. Weisz
Medicine and Art


Deciphering the secret language of painters became a discipline into which Art historians have branched ever since the Renaissance. Various aspects of paintings and sculptures were decoded in this process. This decoding system remains however incomplete without interpreting also the medical conditions that appear in the painted subjects. History of Medicine and of Arts could be both enriched by diagnosing retrospectively diseases existent in that historical period; by identifying portraits or describing genetic family diseases. One such case is the arthritis identifiable in three out of four artists in the Durer family, visible in paintings or engravings of the early 16-th century.


Proximal Joint Silver Point Decode System Arthritic Deformity Pretative Investigation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History and PhilosophyUniversity of New South WalesSydneyNew South Wales
  2. 2.School of HumanitiesUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleNew South Wales

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