artnet news | Sarah Cascone:
Renowned Renaissance artist Michelangelo was a master of sculpture, bending stone and marble to his will with a skilled hand. His prolonged use of hammers and chisels, however, may have led to debilitating arthritis in his hands in his later life. A newly-published paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine makes the diagnosis based on careful analysis of portraits of the artist, paired with Michelangelo’s own descriptions of his ailments in letters he wrote complaining of ill health… Read more
Image: Jacopino del Conte, Portrait of Michelangelo Buonarroti (detail), circa 1535.
Photo: courtesy the Casa Buonarroti Museum, Florence, Italy; Foto Scala, Firenze, © 2015.