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The Arthritis of Antoni Gaudí

Azevedo, Valderílio F. MD*; Diaz-Torne, Cesar MD

JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: December 2008 - Volume 14 - Issue 6 - p 367-369
doi: 10.1097/RHU.0b013e31818ee74c
Rhuematology Retrospective

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, Catalan architect and one of the most important visual artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, suffered from a recurrent and often persistent arthritis since he was 6 years old. His diagnosis is uncertain but juvenile idiopathic arthritis is most likely. He coped successfully with his rheumatic illness during his life. It is proposed that his arthritis may have influenced him to the development of 2 of his major skills: observation power and analysis of nature.

From the *Departament of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Section, Hospital de Clínicas-Federal University of Paraná, Paraná, Brazil; and †Department of Rheumatology, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain.

Reprints: Valderílio Feijó Azevedo, MD, Rua Lamenha Lins 1110 ap.11a, Rebouças-Curitiba-PR, CEP 80250-020. E-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.