A Patient as Art: Andrew Wyeth's Portrayal of Christina Olson's Neurologic Disorder in Christina's World

Marc C. Patterson, Thomas B. Cole, Eliot Siegel, Philip A. Mackowiak

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Abstract

In Christina's World, one of the most beloved works of American art, Andrew Wyeth painted Christina Olson crawling crablike across the field below her house, raised on emaciated arms, with a swollen knob for an elbow, and hands clenched and gnarled. The significance of these physical abnormalities, and the message Wyeth endeavored to convey via the portrait, are considered here in light of Christina's medical history and the disorder it most likely signifies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-649
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Volume32
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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A Patient as Art : Andrew Wyeth's Portrayal of Christina Olson's Neurologic Disorder in Christina's World. / Patterson, Marc C.; Cole, Thomas B.; Siegel, Eliot; Mackowiak, Philip A.

In: Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 32, No. 7, 01.06.2017, p. 647-649.

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Patterson, Marc C. ; Cole, Thomas B. ; Siegel, Eliot ; Mackowiak, Philip A. / A Patient as Art : Andrew Wyeth's Portrayal of Christina Olson's Neurologic Disorder in Christina's World. In: Journal of Child Neurology. 2017 ; Vol. 32, No. 7. pp. 647-649.
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