The artist El Greco was famed for
his portraits with religious theme. His portraits always showed
elongated human figures and it
has been suggested that he suffered from astigmatism. However,
experiment using volunteers wearing
astigmatic lenses failed to confirm this. It seems that
the elongations favoured by El
Greco were the result of artistic expression, not a visual symptom.
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