Pectus excavatum artwork
This is an ongoing collection of artwork related to pectus excavatum found in the wild.
I think I've developed somewhat of a radar for noticing pectus excavatum in public, so when I see pectus excavatum in any sort of art, it always puts a smile on my face. This article is going to outline some artwork I've found online, and I'll be adding to it over time when I discover more. If you found something that think should belong here, email me with a link and I'll be happy to add it.
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Atlas Sound - Logo
I'm including this album art as it's one of the more popular images I see pop up, and as far as I know, the only album cover that has a photo of someone with Pectus Excavatum.
Christian Schad is best known for his enigmatic portraits of the modern men and women who lived in Weimar Germany. Agosta the Winged-Man & Rasha the Black Dove was painted in 1929, and both models in the painting were part of the sideshow act at the fair. Rashsa was known for being the black woman for Madagascar, and Agosta was known for his "deformed upper body".
These are really interesting because they are the first instances of artwork or images containing Pectus Excavatum. DaVinci was renowned for his understanding of the human anatomy, so these don't look like a happy artistic accident. Both of these images were from around 1501.
Jusepe de Ribera
Jusepe was a Spanish painter in the middle of the 16th century. His incredibly realistic style gained him notoriety at the time, pushing him to become one of Spain's most influential painters. In these paintings, he's depicted Saint Jerome and Saint Onophrius shirtless, showing off their pectus excavatum. Some say that he sought out models with mild pectus excavatum so he could depict the contrast between light and shadow on the chest wall.
St Jerome and the Trumpet of Doom (1637)
Saint Onophrius (1642)
Saint Onophrius (1625–1629)
While the following artists aren't well known, I still wanted to showcase some additional art I've stumbled across in various art communities.
Girl with pectus by Mofytofi
Pectus Excavatum by guilloteeeen