Here is another famous medical affliction, the growth which disfigured the face of the painter Jacques-Louis David.
|Maquette of a posthumous bust of David by François Rude, 22.5 cm.|
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchased in 2013
As a student, probably in 1773-4, David was involved in a fencing accident. His opponent's foil pieced his left cheek which began gradually to swell: as a result his face became asymmetrical, his mouth was pulled out of shape and his speech, which was already affected by a speech impediment, became embarrassingly distorted.