19th Century Renaissance ART and Thyroid Goiters
Neck swellings due to goiter was studied in 600 Paintings from 19th century.
There was a fair number with neck swellings seen in their paintings.
Iodine deficiency was common. The artist was giving specific meanings to these swelling mainly seen in females.Long before they knew about the thyroid gland the artists in 19 th century knew there was something special about the neck swellings and they were related to specific as yet unknown diseases. Artist intuition often comes before scientific discovery.
Female nude with a large goiter: Venus and the Lute Player by Titian and his workshop