Disability Depicted: The Old Masters

Paiinting of a disabled man lying down

Some of the greatest Old Master artists, through the centuries, portrayed disability. In three articles, Parts One, Two and Three, Charles Josefson explores twelve of these portrayals. In Part One he considers the Luttrell Psalter, Duccio, Mantegna and Brueghel the Elder. In Part Two he considers the Spaniards Ribera and Velasquez, works from the collection at Ambras Castle, and Rembrandt. In the third and final part of Charles Josefson’s series of essays, he considers works by William Kent, Goya, Millais and Géricault.