Author: Polina Advolodkina, MD

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Emory University School of Medicine

Polina is an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Emory University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in College Park. Before medical school, she worked as a medical assistant in a busy primary care clinic outside of Washington D.C. She then attained her medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn, New York. During medical school, she studied healthcare abroad by traveling to Peru and India. Her career interests are in maternal chronic disease and infertility.

Klimt, Modernism, and Art’s Relationship with Medicine

In 1894, the State Ministry of Culture, Religion, and Education in Vienna commissioned three paintings for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna to celebrate the institutions accomplishments of Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. When the artist who painted these works chose to make a bold stylistic statement, all three were heavily criticized for their eroticism, obscenity, and “ugliness.”