Epileptic seizure in Rafael Sanzio's work of transfiguration

Project: Research Project

Project Details


The work Transfiguration was made by Raphael Sanzio (1483-1529 AD). It is a large-format painting that represents in the upper part the transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor, and in the lower part the scene of a demon-possessed child that several apostles unsuccessfully try to cure, which will not happen until the moment Jesus do personally. In other words, it shows a failed miracle, which is not so common in sacred art. An analysis in the light of neurological semiology allows us to assert that the possessed child is presenting a postural tonic epileptic seizure that the great Italian painter masterfully painted following what was reported in the gospels of Lucas, Mateo and Marcos. The article analyzes the work and its relationship with the history of Neurology.
Effective start/end date1/1/2012/31/20

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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