Monday, December 10, 2007

Down syndrome figures in a nativity scene

I came upon this amazing closeup of a 1515 Flemish Nativity, which is displayed in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It includes two individuals with Down Syndrome in the picture, one above, as an angel, and one between the Madonna and the kneeling angel at the manger.
The writer of the article, which I will link to when I find it, extrapolated from this, that people with Down Syndrome were simply incorporated into society in the Rennaissance.
Fascinating, isn't it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love it! I would love a print of this. Thank you for sharing.
This small glimpse into life 500 years ago speaks volumes about how people with DS were cherished. Contrast that with how they are exterminated today! Judy M.