An angel with Down syndrome in a sixteenth century Flemish Nativity painting

  title={An angel with Down syndrome in a sixteenth century Flemish Nativity painting},
  author={A. Levitas and C. S. Reid},
  journal={American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A},
  • A. Levitas, C. S. Reid
  • Published 2003
  • History, Medicine
  • American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A
  • Artistic representation of malformation syndromes has been of ongoing interest, often as a point of departure for discussion of medical history. We have identified a 16th‐century Flemish Nativity painting in which one angelic figure appears distinctly different from other individuals in the painting with an appearance of Down syndrome. Several prior observers have identified Down syndrome in premodern art, sometimes stimulating ongoing discussions concerning its history, its prevalence, and its… CONTINUE READING
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