Did Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) have Reiter's disease?

Sex Transm Dis. Jan-Mar 1989;16(1):47-8. doi: 10.1097/00007435-198901000-00010.


The Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini admitted in his autobiography to the contraction of a sexually transmitted disease. Passages of Cellini's autobiography discussing symptoms are reviewed, and his own statements form the basis for concluding that he suffered from Reiter's disease.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Art / history*
  • Arthritis, Reactive / history*
  • Famous Persons*
  • History, 16th Century
  • Italy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / history*

Personal name as subject

  • B Cellini