Researchers used old portraits and letters to study the master's hands
By Erin Blakemore
Michelangelo was known for his gorgeous interpretations of the human body. Among his greatest triumphs are hands—like the hands of David (which has generated its own controversy among certain circles) and the hand of God reaching out to man on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But are the later works of Michelangelo great because of—or in spite of—his own arthritic hands? New research suggests that the sculptor suffered from osteoarthritis, and that his work with the hammer and chisel may have allowed him to keep the use of hands until his death.
Read the fascinating article here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michelangelo-may-have-had-arthritis-180958056/#Y6ru5s0qdiXtm1K7.99