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Is painting the earliest portrayal of Down's syndrome?

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.03028a (Published 01 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:03028a
  1. Roger Dobson1
  1. 1Abergavenny

Psychiatrists have identified what is believed to be one of the earliest paintings of someone with Down's syndrome.

The 1515 Flemish painting (detail right), by an unknown artist, considerably predates John Langdon Down's first description of the condition in 1866. It shows an angel (next to Mary) and possibly one other figure, …

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