The baroque Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669 CE) was acquainted with pathological modifications of the breast as shown in the canvas Bathsheba at her toilet (1654 CE); his model, Henrijke Stoffels, was depicted with discoloration of the left breast, peau d'orange and distortion of symmetry with axillary fullness. A diagnosis of breast cancer was initally proposed  but was later dismissed in favour of cancer mimickers (tuberculous mastitis , lactation mastitis following unsuccessful pregnancy , Mondor's thrombophlebitis ); this was essentially due to Henrjike's long survival (9 years after the depiction) fairly ruling out advanced breast cancer.
|Number of pages||2|
|Early online date||5 Jun 2022|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2022|
- 17th century oncology
- Art and medicine
- Breast cancer