Michelangelo’s ‘gout’ diagnosed

More than 450 years after his death, Australian and Italian investigators have diagnosed the cause of the “gout” the famous artist mentioned in letters to a nephew.

It seems the master painter and sculptor had osteoarthritis.

During Michelangelo’s lifetime (1475-1564), rheumatological diseases were not classified as they are now, but instead were generally referred to as “gout”, the