[Could Aleijadinho have suffered from scleroderma]

Reumatismo. Jul-Sep 2008;60(3):230-3. doi: 10.4081/reumatismo.2008.230.
[Article in Italian]


Rheumatic conditions have affected, among others, emperors, kings, politicians, religious personages and artists. Knowledge about their articular illnesses has increased with a multiplicity of source documents on these personalities: ancient texts, letters, drawings, paintings, sculptures, songs and pictures. Here the case of the most important Brazilian visual artist is described, namely the sculptor Aleijadinho (1730?-1814), who, besides suffering an extremely disability condition, did not give up performing artistic works throughout his whole life. This study proposes a discussion about the possibility that such an artist has presented a clinical profile of scleroderma.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Disabled Persons / history*
  • Facies
  • Famous Persons*
  • Hand Deformities, Acquired / history
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda / history
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / history*
  • Sculpture / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Antonio Francisco Lisboa
  • None Aleijadinho