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Did the Baroque Composer Domenico Scarlatti Have Watch Glass Nails and Drumstick Fingers?

  • (1) Background: Little is known about the baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), whose life was centred behind closed doors at the royal court in Spain. There are no reports about his illnesses. From his compositions, mainly for harpsichord, an outstanding virtuosity can be read. (2) Case Presentation: In this case report, the only known oil painting of Domenico Scarlatti is presented,(1) Background: Little is known about the baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), whose life was centred behind closed doors at the royal court in Spain. There are no reports about his illnesses. From his compositions, mainly for harpsichord, an outstanding virtuosity can be read. (2) Case Presentation: In this case report, the only known oil painting of Domenico Scarlatti is presented, on which he is about 50 years old. In it one recognizes conspicuous hands with hints of watch glass nails and drumstick fingers. (3) Discussion: Whether Scarlatti had chronic hypoxia of peripheral body regions as a sign of, e.g., bronchial cancer or a severe heart disease, is not known. (4) Conclusions: The above-mentioned signs recorded in the oil painting, even if they were not interpretable at that time, are clearly represented and recorded for us and are open to diagnostic discussion from today's point of view.show moreshow less

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Author:Andreas OtteORCiDGND
Publisher:MDPI
Place of publication:Basel
Year of Publication:2020
Page Number:4
Language:English
Tag:Domenico Scarlatti; Pierre-Marie-Bamberger syndrome; drumstick fingers; oil painting; watch glass nails
DDC classes:600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
Parent Title (English):Preprints
First Page:2020100090
Document Type:Article (unreviewed)
Open Access:Frei zugänglich
Institutes:Bibliografie
Release Date:2020/10/06
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International
URL:https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202010.0090/v1
DOI:https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202010.0090.v1