By Christine M. Boeckl
From biblical instances to the onset of the Black demise within the fourteenth century, leprosy was once thought of the worst human ailment, either medically and socially. simply fifty years in the past, leprosy, or Hansen s sickness, was once an incurable infectious sickness, and nonetheless continues to be a grave worldwide difficulty. lately, leprosy has generated realization in scholarly fields from clinical technological know-how to the visible arts. This interdisciplinary art-historical survey on lepra and its visualization in sculpture, work of art, stained glass, and different media offers new info at the heritage of paintings, medication, faith, and ecu society. Christine M. Boeckl continues that a number of the terrifying features of the disorder ruled the visible narratives of historical and mythical figures afflicted with leprosy. For rulers, beggars, saints, and sinners the metaphor of leprosy turns into the heritage opposed to which their eye-catching tales are projected.