Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 42, Issue 12, pp 1511–1512 | Cite as

“The giant Hans Kraus” (1553): a Renaissance acromegaly by anonymous painter

  • L. Cambioli
  • M. A. RivaEmail author


The Wunderkammer of Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck was one of the first cabinets of curiosities, created in the sixteenth century. Among the many curiosities, the cabinet includes an anonymous Renaissance painting called “Der Riese Hans Kraus” (The giant Hans Kraus). The details suggest us that it could be a representation of an individual affected by acromegaly.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMonzaItaly

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