Who Is Dürer’s “Syphilitic Man”?

  title={Who Is D{\"u}rer’s “Syphilitic Man”?},
  author={Colin T. Eisler},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={48 - 60}
  • Colin T. Eisler
  • Published 2009
  • Art, Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Among Albrecht Dürer’s first known woodcuts is one showing a syphilitic man. The Nuremberg artist’s image is the earliest known depiction of an individual suffering from this illness. Syphilis was probably brought by Conquistadores from the New World to Naples in the later 1490s and was then transmitted throughout Western Europe by Northern mercenaries (Landsknechten) returning from Italy to their native Germany and Switzerland. The attire worn by Dürer’s Syphilitic Man is exactly that of the… Expand
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