Over the centuries, there have been numerous examples of fine artists creating works of art that deliberately work with and within contemporaneous medical thought, portraying people with particular ailments or diseases. But what about if we turn that concept around a little bit? What happens when those in the medical field turn to paintings or sculptures from the past and retroactively investigate the health of the individuals depicted therein? What happens when art history turns into a diagnosis?
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Boston Globe: Monet? Gaugin? Using Art to Make Better Doctors
New York Times: Studying Art with the Eye of a Physician
Wall Street Journal: Doctors Enlist Paintings to Hone Skills
The Guardian: The Fine Art of Medical Diagnosis
The Guardian: Did the Mona Lisa Have Syphilis?