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The Blind Man and the Paralytic Boy of Lesnovo: Diagnosis of Borderline Lepromatous Leprosy After 660 Years?

Marija T. V’lckova-Laskoska, MD, PhD; Dimitri S. Laskoski, PhD
Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(9):1047. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.192.
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The monastery of Archangel Michael in Lesnovo, built in 1341, is located in northeastern Macedonia. Inside the monastery, the fresco of a paralytic boy guiding a blind man, which was painted in 1347, immediately draws one's attention: the spotted skin of the leprous man and the boy is in stark contrast to the divine depictions of saints and angels on the walls (Figure). Artistically, the figures are modeled with tranquil grace and strong facial features. The flowing and airy fabrics of the figures superimposed on the visual perspective of the background add depth to the whole scene.

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The blind man and the paralytic boy of Lesnovo, a fresco in St Archangel Michael's Church, Lesnovo Monastery, Macedonia, 1347. Photograph taken on site by the authors.

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