Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1133–1134 | Cite as

The representation of a goiter by Renaissance painter Moretto da Brescia

  • Francesco Trinca
  • Michele Augusto RivaEmail author
Endocrinology and Art


Alessandro Bonvicino (c. 1498–1554), commonly known as Il Moretto da Brescia, was an Italian Renaissance painter. In his “The Adoration of Shepherds” (1539–1540), a shepherd shows a bi-lobar goiter. The painter was active in a geographical area, where inhabitants often suffered from endemic goiter due to dietary iodine deficiency and could have influenced Moretto.


Goiter Renaissance Moretto da Brescia Fine Arts History 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiac Surgery, Spedali Civili di BresciaUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly
  2. 2.School of Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of Milano BicoccaMonzaItaly

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