The Grim Historian
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The Grim Historian

Can You Spot the Medical Conditions in These Famous Paintings?

I spy Rembrandt’s wandering eye and Mona Lisa’s high cholesterol

The Sistine Madonna, Raphael, 1513–14 | Public Domain

In the above painting, one of the figures has a common congenital disability. Can you see it? I will give you some hints…

  • Anne Boleyn and Taye Diggs were rumored to have this condition.



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Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: