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Simonetta's treatment 2020

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Everyone knows Simonetta Vespucci as Botticelli’s Venus. She was known as the greatest beauty of the Florentine Renaissance, the love of Giuliano Medici, and muse of one of my most favourite artists. But not everyone knows that Simonetta died because of tuberculosis (consumption) at the age of 23. At that time people did not yet know that tuberculosis is a contagious disease, therefore, I think, it is unlikely that Simonetta felt the pressure of stigma on herself. But back then humanity did not have the treatment that we have now. With my series I wanted to bring her to our time and let her go through all the medical procedures that I went through, like many others who are lucky to live in the 21st century.

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