Tag Archives: Maximillian II

The monarch, the musician, and the medic

Jesús Ramírez-Bermúdez Translated by Ilana Dann Luna Mexico City, Mexico   The Monarch, The Musician and the Medic, Jose Agustin Ramirez Bermudez. Location: Jesus Ramirez Bermudez Private Collection The history of medicine bestows us with unexpected episodes, such as the character of “The Swan King,” whose platonic love for a disgraced musician sparked the artistic transformation […]

The Emperor Maximilian II and his physicians

Maximilian II (1527–1576) of the House of Habsburg was Holy Roman Emperor as well as king of Bohemia, Croatia, and Hungary.     Maximilian II Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria The Emperor . . . had long suffered from gout, from heart attacks, from bouts of “kidney colic,” [and] quite possibly syphilis, that had been sweeping across […]