Monday, May 26, 2008

Cool Art

At Home with Down Syndrome in The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology & Society

"Dr. Brian Stratford, a specialist in developmental disabilities at the University of Nottingham, suggested in the journal Maternal and Child Health that the Italian Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna used a little boy with Down syndrome as the model for his Christ child."

"The Gonzaga family of Mantua, Mantegna’s sponsor, had a boy with an unidentified “sickness,” she said, and one of the artist’s own fourteen children shared this condition—a not insignificant factor in Ludovico Gonzaga’s choice of Andrea Mantegna as his court painter."

It's unclear whether this particular painting was by the master himself or one of his students, but the message is pretty cool nonetheless.

And it's an excellent article, all the way to the very end.

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