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Nicolò Paganini: Teufelsgeiger durch abnorme Hände? – Neue Untersuchungen eines Bronzegipsabgusses der rechten Hand

  • This paper presents new measurements of a bronze cast from the right hand of the famous Italian violin virtuoso Nicolò Paganini (1782-1840). These are compared to anthropometric standard values. In addition, detailed dorsal and palmar views of the cast are shown. With a middle finger length of 75 mm, the palm width is 60 mm and the hand length 152 mm, which is significantly below the 5% percentileThis paper presents new measurements of a bronze cast from the right hand of the famous Italian violin virtuoso Nicolò Paganini (1782-1840). These are compared to anthropometric standard values. In addition, detailed dorsal and palmar views of the cast are shown. With a middle finger length of 75 mm, the palm width is 60 mm and the hand length 152 mm, which is significantly below the 5% percentile of today's standard values. Also the finger length index (0.55), the ratio of finger length to palm length (0.98) and the ratio of finger length to palm width (1.25) are significantly above normal limits. Hence, Paganini had abnormal hand measurements with a very small palm and relatively "long" fingers. This remarkable constellation, among others, could have been advantageous for his amazing skills as a violinist.show moreshow less

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Author:Andreas OtteGND
Title Additional (English):Nicolò Paganini: Devil's violinist because of abnormal hands? - New investigations using a bronze cast from the right hand
Publisher:Schmidt-Römhild
Year of Publication:2014
Language:German
GND Keyword:Anomalie; Hand; Paganini, Niccolò
Parent Title (German):Archiv für Kriminologie : unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der gerichtlichen Physik, Chemie und Medizin
Volume:233
Issue:5/6
ISSN:0026-9301
First Page:181
Last Page:191
Document Type:Article (reviewed)
Institutes:Hochschule Offenburg / Bibliografie
Acces Right:Zugriffsbeschränkt
Release Date:2018/06/26
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das UrhG
Pubmed Id:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=25004620